drop tank

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drop tank

[′dräp ‚taŋk]
(aerospace engineering)
A fuel tank on an airplane that may be jettisoned.

drop tank

drop tank
The auxiliary fuel tank(s) carried externally either under the wing (normally referred to as wing drop tank) or fuselage (called belly drop tank and which can be jettisoned, if so desired. Fuel is consumed from drop tanks first and from the aircraft internal tanks later, so that the drop tanks can be jettisoned, if so required.
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Immediately he jettisoned his drop tanks and got behind one of the lagging Gnats.
The problem was my drop tanks still indicated full, and I had no way to know if they were transferring.
Even with drop tanks [fuel tanks that could be dropped once empty, to lighten the load and thus extend flying range], they had 15 or 20 minutes over the target, no more, before they had to turn back, or they wouldn't have enough gas.
Both drop tanks exploded on impact as the semi-conscious pilot and his aircraft slid down the runway in a ball of fire.
Imagine the frustration of those expert fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe when they realized that the B-17s did not turn around and head west or that the B-24s didn't turn around and head south, but they continued east and alongside them were squadrons of P-51s with the necessary drop tanks that provided them the range to provide the force protection for the bombers.
We had refuelled in North Shetland but when we took off again we found that one of the drop tanks wouldn't feed so we couldn't get at about one eighth of our fuel.
Among these models, you get a choice of the weapons load-out for your aircraft, including drop tanks.
The AAF's approach involved increasing the range of existing and projected fighters using drop tanks that enabled fighters to carry additional fuel.
At least three fuel drop tanks were completely modified and fitted with Venturi mechanisms; to facilitate aerosol release, for dispersal of 2,200-liter loads of anthrax and possibly Botulinum toxin, using F1 aircraft as the delivery means.
Drop tanks are essentially nothing more than aerodynamic metal containers--well within the productive capabilities of a company set up to make parking meters.
Previously known as Starlite, the company began as a manufacturer of drop tanks, TR3 car fenders, toilet bowls and lawnmowers.