Man, that was a long time ago....1984/85. I used to fuel that flt. every nite. It was my last plane every nite. Pull up with a full truck, fuel 683, go fill my truck back up, and go home. As for the sequense of filling the tanks, on the 727-200, you put fuel in L/C/R evenly. All 3 had to be within a certain tolerance.....maybe 1000 lbs.? (I forget) until the wings were full. Also, the planes that DL
used on that flight also had aft aux tanks. We would open the valve (in a separate panel near the wing root) once the wing tanks were full. That tank was a bladder tank, and the fuel line to it from the single point manifold was a relatively small diameter. Once the wings were full, and we would open the aft. aux., the center tank would fill pretty quick. When we would get down to about 10,000 lbs. to go, we would disconnect 1 hose. By the time a helper would get that hose wound up, the plane was just about full.
Thanks for bringing these memories back to me....I can't believe how much of that I remember. LOL, I was just a pup back then, but it seems like only yesterday. BTW....the aircraft that DL
brought into CVG
for regularly scheduled service back then were: 727-200, 737-200, 757-200, 767-200, DC-8-71, and DC-9-32. I used to fuel the DC-8 every day too. Notice no L-1011's. They only came in when there was an equipment change - none on a regular schedule. I think that DL
had about 100 flts. per day then, and OH
maybe about the same.