I have a few questions about aircraft with the ability to fold their wings.
I understand that this feature is found exclusively (I think) on aircraft that land on aircraft carriers for the purpose of allowing more space on the carrier's deck.
My main question is about fuel that remains in the folding part of the wing.
Do the pilots have to transfere or dump fuel from the folding part of the wing to other tanks due to the weight of the fuel and thus the extra strain on the hinge mechanism (which I assume is hydraulic) before the wings are folded back?
Also, what aircraft with folding wings has the longest wingspan? Could it be the E-2 Hawkeye?
Finally, how do the wing locks work on these types of aircraft? I've always wondered about this, ever since my father told me about a scenic flight he was going on as a passenger in an Avenger. He was in the Canadian Navy Reserve back in the 1950's, and as the pilot was just about to rotate off the runway at CFB Toronto (Downsview Airbase), an alarm went off in their headsets to warn them that a lock had come lose or broke. My dad said he looked at the left wing and could see it bouncing up and down, it was also starting to fold. Thank God for the ringing alarm...or they could have been killed! Plus I wouldn't be here to ask these questions!
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