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  • wl745
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2007
    • 567

    Venom drop tanks

    A fellow enthusiast would like to know the capacity of the underwing drop tanks on a venom.I told him I knew just the place to find out!!
  • Credible Sport
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2004
    • 344

    #2
    According my data list, Venom - 80 imperial gallons, Vampire - 100 imperial gallons.
    I hope that this is of some use to your friend.

    Richard
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    • wl745
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2007
      • 567

      #3
      One of our 8sqdn group made this request and I knew fly past would reply !!Thank you.

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      • TerryP
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2009
        • 374

        #4
        According to Pilots Notes the FB1 and the FB4 had two 80 gallon drop tanks. Total 160 gal. Click image for larger version

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        • TerryP
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2009
          • 374

          #5
          The Swiss Venoms may have been slightly different but the manual gives two different figures 450 litres in the system diagram and 350 litres in the text! That is either 97 or 77 gallons. There again there may be differences between capacity and usable fuel. Incidentally Wingtip tanks are Flugel Ende Tank "FLENT" and drop tanks are Flugel Unter Tank "FLUNT"
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          • Credible Sport
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2004
            • 344

            #6
            Found this reverseable label in amongst some scrap.
            Looks like it came from a Swiss aircraft. Anybody any Ideas what it means?
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            • sycamore
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Mar 2004
              • 399

              #7
              Speeds for jettisoning the tank,depending on type fitted to the aircraft...

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              • Credible Sport
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2004
                • 344

                #8
                Thank you. I've wondered for a long time what it meant. Does seem strange that the capacities are the same and the speeds are different!?
                Now I can't find it. Must have put it in a safe place
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                • sycamore
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2004
                  • 399

                  #9
                  CS,some of the tanks also have cameras,some are metal and others `plastiqe`/fibreglass,and combinations of.(same with weapons,bombs /rockets)Therefore the `flying characteristics,full/empty have to be determined by `jettison trials` at various airspeeds/manoeuvres in the flight envelope.Even though they may look similar shape /size,their Cof G will determine if they drop clean/roll/tumble/strike the aircraft..

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