Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4200 times:
When the 744 was developed I know that Boeing added an extra fuel-tank to the horizontal stabilizer to increase it's max. range but is there any plane that carries extra fuel in it's vertical stabilizer?
I guess there should be just as much free space in it as in the horizontal stab. so the potential is there.
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4185 times:
The A330-200 has a fuel tank in the tail section (not sure if it is actually in the horizontal stabiliser though). The purpose is for balance I believe rather than additional range, once the fuel in the centre tank drops below a certain level the fuel in the tail gets pumped back into that tank.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4143 times:
There was a RAF VC10 written off because of fuel in the Fin Tank. The aircraft was being defuelled and there was either an indication fault with the guage or the engineer didn't check properly, but the tank remained full and as the fuel came out, the c of g moved towards the back resulting in the aircraft 'sitting' on its tail.
I believe this has happened to other aircraft as well.