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Jun 16, 2008, 06:53 PM
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Color coding of fuel containers

One of our guys is building a research vessel (freelance) and he was wondering wht the color the fuel storage tanks under the helipad should be. The tanks will be visible so he wants to paint them correctly.

His helicopter is a Hughes 500 so we are talking Jet A. Do Jet A tanks need a color code?
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Jun 16, 2008, 08:00 PM
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Typically, aircraft have placards around the fuel caps that show the type of fuel required that is color coded... "100LL Avgas" is written in blue, etc.... "Jet-A" is written in black... Fuel trucks have large placards on them showing the type of fuel they contain but the tanks themselves are not color coded... The placard on a fuel truck containing Jet A would say "Jet A" in white letters on a black background...
Last edited by Aerominded; Jun 16, 2008 at 08:24 PM.
Jun 17, 2008, 10:28 AM
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On USN & USCG ships, the pumps, valves, and associated piping for JP (aviation) fuels is purple. The tanks, located in the bowels of the ship, are painted white. The fueling crews wear purple long sleeve jerseys and purple helmets - and are known as "grapes".
Jun 17, 2008, 10:58 PM
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I bet they wine about that fruity nickname well too
Jun 18, 2008, 09:00 AM
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It was probably a "Jar-Headed Marine Grunt" that came up with that name!

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Jun 18, 2008, 11:03 AM
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A friend of mine was a fueler on USS Nimitz. He told me about his job and I for one would not want it. His boss screwed up once and sent him behind a idling jet. He tumbled 3/4 of the way down the flight deck and the death grip on the fuel hose kept him from going off the fantail. On watch he would have to go from the flight deck catwalk down to the fuel storage area near the keel, opening and closing watertight hatches all the way. who needs a health club membership.
Jun 19, 2008, 11:51 PM
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I passed along the info you provided. He is going to paint the tanks white and make some tiny placards for them. The model is 1/48. Thanks for the help.


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