Re: TWA800 Fuel Tank

Date:         01 Dec 97 02:33:52 
From:         l.a.ram@ix.netcom.com (Louis A. Ramsay)
Organization: Netcom
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In <airliners.1997.2813@ohare.Chicago.COM> luisma@spainmail.com (Luis Manuel Perez Llera) writes:
>El día 29 Nov 97 03:24:31 , gfoley@freenet.columbus.oh.us (Gerard Foley) dijo:
>>To reduce the probability of a fuselage mounted fuel tank exploding,
>>as did the tank in the 747 on TWA Flight 800, why not fill such a
>>tank first and empty it last.   Very few airliners exhaust their fuel
>>reserves in flight.
>
>This also would be very interesting for structural reasons. Remember
>that the lasts emptied tanks must be the inner ones due to the bending
>moment.

     I have only one question in mind - most aircraft I have worked
with CV880, CV990, L1649, B727 (early models) have to include the
weight of any center tank fuel in the zero fuel weight as it is non-
dempable.  Is this so with the B747 as well???

     Lou.