Q:

Where are the fuel tanks located in airplanes?

A:

Quick Answer

Most airplanes have their fuel tanks located in the wings, but some aircraft will also have fuel tanks within their air frame. The positioning of the fuel tanks within the wings is done to help with a stable center of gravity, which is due to the weight of the fuel on both sides of the aircraft being even.

Know More

Full Answer

While most civilian aircraft have their fuel tanks in the wings, it is not uncommon for military aircraft to carry drop tanks. These spare tanks can be accessed in an emergency, or even an extra fuel bladder within their cargo bay, that can be used to assist other aircraft in air to air refueling operations.

Learn more about Airplanes & Helicopters

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do airplanes fly?

    A:

    Airplanes fly because the design of the wings produces lift that counterbalances the weight of the aircraft. Air flows more rapidly over the top of the wing than underneath it, which reduces the air pressure above the surface. The higher pressure below, exerted over the surface of the wing, pushes the aircraft upwards. Achieving lift requires enough forward speed to keep the air moving fast enough to create this force.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    How high can airplanes fly?

    A:

    The greatest certified height reached by a commercial airliner as of February 2014 is 60,000 feet. Although greater heights can be dangerous for equipment as well as passengers, there is little turbulence after an aircraft flies above 50,000 feet.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    How fast do airplanes fly?

    A:

    The Cessna Skyhawk, a single-engine plane, has a maximum cruising speed of 124 nautical miles per hour, which is just over 140 miles per hour ground speed. A Boeing 747 typically cruises at 567 miles per hour.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    Why are airplanes important?

    A:

    Airplanes are important, because they allow people and goods to be transported quickly over great distances and over all types of terrain. Before the advent of safe and convenient travel by airplane, journeys took much longer and were more difficult.

    Full Answer >

Explore