Ever wondered what became of those external fuel tanks that were jettisoned during the Vietnam War? [800X600]


"they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;" And fuel tanks into btichin' boats. Everyone constantly forgets that 2nd verse. It really ...



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  • "they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;"
  • And fuel tanks into btichin' boats.
  • Everyone always forgets that second verse.
  • It actually makes a petty cool looking boat.
  • Look tippy as fack thou...
  • Yeah, he could probably do with some light logs attached to either side to provide a little stability at the cost of some speed.
  • that's called an outrigger.
  • Only if the logs are placed away from the hull held in place by rigging, would they be calked outrigging. if the logs are lashed directly to the hull they would simply be a part of the hull. Clearly outriggers provide significantly more stability, but they present maneuverability and docking complications that can outweigh their benefits.
  • I'm guessing F4 Phantoms http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2013/06/things-under-wings-f4h-f-4-phantom.html
  • Hmm... I've been around 600 gallon drop tanks for well over a decade but I don't think I've ever thought of them as that big in the context of OP's photo - the guy looks really, really tiny in them. I can't find dimensions for the tanks we use now, but I suspect that they've been shortened considerably in favor of a greater diameter. EDIT: I think the problem was that I spent ten years on F-15s, which are facking enormous and thus the drop tanks never felt that big. Based on side photos compared to the overall length of the aircraft, it appears they're all roughly 20 feet long or thereabouts, which corresponds to the length of the same tank used on the F4.
  • Don't forget the B-52 could jettison the 3,000 gallon drop tanks they carried on the wings. I don't think they jettisoned them all that often but they did have that capability.
  • Part of it is perspective the guy is a little smaller then he would be, because of the camera angle, The pontoon tank thingamajig is still huge but it's a case of something large looking even bigger because of camera trickery
  • And he's Vietnamese. They're little fellers.
  • "Foreshortening"
  • Fun story: a maintenance guy I've worked with used to watch F-16 takeoffs, and one did an "unrestricted climb" of the end of the runway (stay, low, build up speed, suddenly go vertical). Well that F-16 was carrying a fuel pod. And that fuel pod had a G limit that the pilot clearly exceeded. It flung itself off the pylon as he climbed away, arcing beautifully through the sky on a parabolic trajectory straight into a ranch, where it exploded.
  • That sounds beautiful.
  • That must have made for some pants-shitting moments when the inbound was just a part of their own plane.
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