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How does the MiG-29 fuel system work? Like, where does it store around 300 cubic feet of fuel?

Also, which fuel does it use? Is JP4 preferable?

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    $\begingroup$ I'll comment on the "also" question, as it's not worth an answer. MiG-29, like most Russian/Soviet jets, normally uses the TS-1 kerosene. It's closest common analog is Jet-A1, but like anything in aviation, every type of fuel has to be specifically approved. Jet-A1 and JP-8 are approved, AFAIK. I'm not sure about JP-4, but it's certainly not 'preferable'. In practice though, a jet engine will burn almost anything, and in times of war you can even use diesel fuel. $\endgroup$ – Zeus Apr 16 at 0:59
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The aircraft is equipped with seven (7) integral fuel tanks: five (5) Center body fuel tanks and two (2) wing tanks. Center body fuel tank #2 serves an an engine feeder tank with all other tanks transferring fuel to it via a network of fuel pumps for consistent weight and balance. The aircraft can be refueled by means of a single pressure refueling receptacle located in the port main landing gear well.

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(Source: Luftwaffe MiG-29 Flight manual)

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks this is the explanation I was looking for $\endgroup$ – Adeel Ahsan Apr 16 at 8:07
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Like every plane, the MiG-29 stores its fuel in fuel tanks ;)

On a more serious manner:

Generally speaking, there are 6 internal fuel tanks: 4 distributed around the fuselage and 1 in each wing.

Later versions (namely the SMT) have larger internal fuel capacity thanks to the enlarged spine.

The exact locations of these tanks can be seen in this cutaway (src): 63, 72, 93, 107, 187.

In addition to these, the 29 can also carry 3 (1 in the very early versions) jettisonable external fuel tanks.

MIG-29 cutaway diagram

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  • $\begingroup$ can you please share a picture? $\endgroup$ – Adeel Ahsan Apr 15 at 19:21
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    $\begingroup$ @AdeelAhsan a picture of what? I provided a link to a very detailed cutaway. $\endgroup$ – DeepSpace Apr 15 at 19:51
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    $\begingroup$ you should also mention external fuel tanks (that can be jettisoned). $\endgroup$ – Manu H Apr 15 at 21:01
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    $\begingroup$ To avoid link-rot, you should include the picture (with attribution) in your post. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Apr 15 at 22:44
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    $\begingroup$ @ManuH updated.. $\endgroup$ – DeepSpace Apr 16 at 12:47

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