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Old August 24th, 2019, 05:27 PM
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Why can't a tanker be fitted with the same pumps as a drop tank and thus achive the same fuel transfer rate?

If a drop tank can feed its fuel into the jump fuel process why can't a tanker?

This is something that has long made little sense for the other fuel tank solutions.
It's not the pumps, it's the hoses. Drop tanks (and dedicated fuel shuttles in specific-to-the-shuttle cradles) can have direct ports to the main fuel pumps., and those are hard fittings.

Flexible connections, when not straight, induce turbulence, and further, generally have lower maximum pressures, resulting in lower fuel flow. ALso, some forms generate turbulence even while straight, due to the expansion joints.
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