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Old 29th Aug 2019, 15:11
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Speaking of flammability, the Hawker Hurricane's primary structure was metal, however a secondary structure was composed of wooden formers and stringers giving the fuselage a rounded external shape, which carried a doped linen covering. The majority of the external surfaces were linen, save for a section between the cockpit and the engine cowling that used lightweight metal panels instead. Early versions had fabric covered outboard wing sections, however later versions had metal claded outboard wing sections.

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Old 30th Aug 2019, 10:37
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Added to which, the pilot effectively sat on the fuel tank.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 14:30
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the pilot effectively sat on the fuel tank
Not on the Hurricane, it had 33 Imp gal in each wing and a 28 gal reserve tank in front of the instrument panel. The Bf 109 pilot sat on a fuel tank
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 14:57
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Hurricane - apart from the reserve tank, the centre-section main tank was beneath the pilots' seat.
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 17:50
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Originally Posted by dook View Post
Hurricane - apart from the reserve tank, the centre-section main tank was beneath the pilots' seat.
The Hurricane had 3 fuel tanks, 2 of 34.5 Imp gal in the wing centre section, between the main spars, as well as a 28 Imp gal gravity feed tank ahead of the instrument panel.

The main tanks were not under the pilot's seat, but in the wing roots. Initially they were not armoured or self-sealing.

The problem was that the Hurricane did not have a cockpit floor, thus if the main tanks were penetrated and set on fire, burning fuel could puddle under the pilot's seat. This was further exacerbated by the fact that there was no firewall between the gravity fed tank and the cockpit.

The Hurri' was probably the least fire resistant of the main BoB Fighter protaganists, but as Megan said, on the Bf109 the pilot's seat sat above an (L-shaped) main tank.
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 02:02
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Hurricane - apart from the reserve tank, the centre-section main tank was beneath the pilots' seat
Afraid not dook. The inboard end of the wing fuel tanks were approximately one foot or so outboard from the wing root, the retracted tyres were beneath the cockpit flooring.
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 04:05
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Hence my use of the qualifier “ effectively”.
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 13:49
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Originally Posted by CoodaShooda View Post
Hence my use of the qualifier “ effectively”.
Wasn't very effective though, was it?
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