Ask Captain Dan: Where is the gasoline tank on an airplane ? Our Resident Pilot Answers Flight Questions August 10, 2011

Toronto ON – Pilot Dan Baz is answering your flying questions here on the Cornwall Free News.


If you have a question about flying you can email Captain Dan or post below.


I can see where the gasoline tank is on a motorcycle and I know where it is on my car. But where is the gasoline tank on an airplane ?  Last time when we flew on vacation to Barbados I did not see anyone pumping gas into the airplane.
Question sent in by Burt


Jet airplanes do not use gasoline.  Jet airplanes use jet fuel, which is similar do diesel fuel.  This fuel is stored in the wings.  The wings on an airplane do not just provide lift for the airplane to fly, but the internal space of the wings is used as a fuel tank to store fuel.  This space is divided into several sections, or fuel tanks.  When the airplane is being fuelled, for speed and safety, fuel is pumped into these tanks under pressure (approximately 50psi) through one or two large hoses (about 10cm in diameter), which connect to the aircraft fuel system by a tight, sealed coupling(s), located underneath the wings.

A bit more about Captain Dan:

Captain Dan Baz enrolled in Flight School at the age of 16.

He has completed studies in Aircraft Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He has been at the controls of many different types of aircraft, from single engine Cessnas to large intercontinental jets on global routes.

Over the last four decades he has flown thousands of hours up in the blue sky.

Best Western

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