How Do Pilots Know How Much Fuel to Take on a Flight?

Vehicles don’t tend to get very far unless you give them some juice. Trucks need their diesel, cars need their gas, and Teslas need their electricity. These vehicles all travel relatively short distances. So how do you fuel a vehicle that travels halfway around the world over areas where filling up isn’t possible? Let’s take a look.

Where Do Aircraft Store Their Fuel?

While the wings of an aircraft are primarily there to create the lift to make it fly, they also contain a hidden secret. To save weight, the wings are mainly hollow, reinforced by clever structures to keep their strength. It’s this hollow space that is used as the fuel tanks. Some aircraft, like the A380, have complex fuel systems using multiple tanks situated not just in the in the wings but also in the belly of the aircraft and toward the rear.

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