Fuel trap system (fuel dump) on F-16?

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Olgerd

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Unread post31 May 2005, 12:35

Hi guys!

Does the F-16 has a fuel trap system (i.e. for emegergency landing)? Can anybody explain were the place on the F-16 fuselage is from which is fuel trapped?

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Unread post31 May 2005, 14:27

I believe what your asking is if the F-16 has a reserve fuel load. The answer is no.

The term "trapped fuel" comes from an error the jet will give when the aircraft has an incorrect fuel load, such as too much fuel forward or aft, and will not transfer, or if there is fuel in the external tanks and not transfering and the internal wing tanks are empty, this can cause a "trapped fuel" indication. The pilot will get this indication in two places, on the HUD and in the PFLD next to the right leg. He will also get this on the MFD when selected to the correct screen to review faults.
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Unread post31 May 2005, 15:19

I am really sorry. I mean fuel dump not trap. :) \

So is a fuel dump system present at F-16?

When is the point on the F-16 fuselage from which fuel is dumped in flight?

I am sorry for my bad English.
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Unread post31 May 2005, 17:16

No dump on this jet but sometimes you may see fuel exiting under the left wing, this is the fuel system air vent and under certain conditions there may be some fuel introduced into the vent tank, which will discharge the fuel along with the air which pressurizes the tanks.
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Unread post31 May 2005, 17:33

As happy gilmore says, there is no fuel 'dump' that allows fuel to be dumped in flight. All it has is the 'vent' in the left wing, which is there to allow the fuel system to depresurize by venting air, not fuel. Sometimes fuel will vent out of this opening, but it isn't something the pilot can select.
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Unread post31 May 2005, 18:01

If you <a href="http://www.f-16.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=search">search</a> for 'fuel' and 'dump' you will also find a few older topics like this one: <a href="f-16_forum_viewtopic-t-81.html">Where is the fuel dump switch?</a>
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Unread post31 May 2005, 18:09

Thanks guys! Just messed up with terms. So did not found anything about it. ;)
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Unread post31 May 2005, 19:20

The answer your looking for is no there is no fuel dump system.
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Unread post01 Jun 2005, 11:37

Thanks again.
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Unread post01 Jun 2005, 15:46

Well, if a pilot REALLY needs to get rid of fuel quickly, there is always the afterburner... Of course thats assuming the engine is running and healthy.

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