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XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 01:54 AM
If its going to be made flyable then landing skid, jettisonable wheels are obvious but a fuel dump is also vital

XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 01:54 AM
If its going to be made flyable then landing skid, jettisonable wheels are obvious but a fuel dump is also vital

XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 03:20 AM
It only had 12 min of fuel anyway /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif But yeah, I wouldn't want to land with ANYTHING in those tanks lol. There should be a way to VENT them!

XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 07:19 AM
In real life I don't think there was. Me 163s tended to explode on landing because the fumes in the empty tanks ignited.

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XyZspineZyX
10-17-2003, 07:39 AM
Llama_Croft wrote:
- In real life I don't think there was. Me 163s tended
- to explode on landing because the fumes in the empty
- tanks ignited.
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This seems to be an oft-repeated myth.

The fuel in the Me163 T-stoff and C-stoff tanks needed to mix to combust. Fumes in empty tanks were of one constituent only and could not explode in isolation. Me163s destroyed on landing were often as a result of the a/c flipping over for one reason or another, e.g. bumpy ground or pilot error. The pilots often survived this, although sometimes with spinal injuries or burns from the T-stoff if there was any in the tanks. Aircraft that landed heavily with fuel STILL REMAINING might fracture the fuel tanks and explode.

There certainly was a fuel dump valve, the need for it was not only to prevent explosion, but to get the Komet's weight down before landing. Max. weight when fully loaded was 4310 kg, when empty 1908 kg. A heavier weight on landing meant a higher approach and landing speed etc was necessary, also taking longer to come to a stop on the ground. No brakes!

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