godbless
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Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Sat Sep 28, 2002 9:56 pm

Hi,

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.

Anybody have more insight into this matter?

Regards,
Max
 
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Sat Sep 28, 2002 10:08 pm

The Super VC10 & the RAF Standard '10's had fin fuel tanks
 
Rick767
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Sat Sep 28, 2002 11:36 pm

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.
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Sun Sep 29, 2002 4:45 am

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.
 
744rules
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Sun Sep 29, 2002 4:04 pm

a300 has tail tank fuel possibility (it is an option) and this can be used as ballast fuel (weight and balance purpose) or as usable fuel (to increase range).
 
godbless
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Mon Sep 30, 2002 4:17 am

Thank you for the infos. Does the BBJ use this option aswell?

Max
 
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Mon Sep 30, 2002 4:56 am

Su-37.  Big grin


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ejaymd11
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RE: Extra Fuel In Horizontal And Vertical Stabilizers

Mon Sep 30, 2002 6:14 am

The MD-11 does, but I think that was also for weight and balance.

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