Msh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
At about 6PM today, I saw an overflying C172/C152 (not sure which) trailing a stream of vapor about (i'm guessing here) 3 feet wide. I was beginning to think that it may be fuel, but I am not sure if cessnas can dump fuel. If anyone could assist me with any furhter info regarding this sighting, that would be great. Thanks in advance!
Beefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1124 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
I also saw a Cessna 172 trailing a "vapor"a few months ago. I think the most likely thing is that the fuel cap came off and the air flowing over the fuel tank opening siphons the fuel out and into the air.
Dufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 821 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
Well they actually CAN dump fuel - in case you forget to close the over-wing fuel ports - overwing low pressure can suck out 26 gallons of fuel in a couple of minutes!
What you saw was probably excess fuel dripping out of the fuel tank vent (that happens when the tanks are 100% full and the spray-effect can be quite spectacular when at full engine RPM). I witnessed one situation when the tower called a departing cessna to check their fuel ports as they were obviously 'leaking' fuel... but it turned out it was just the excess fuel dripping out.
I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2130 times:
Oh come on, I'm disappointed! Haven't any of you read about chemtrails? Good heavens, I mean, it's a threat to us all! Obviously you are all part of the vast conspiracy that's keeping it all quiet Man, I gotta stop this. This chemtrail stuff is making my sides hurt from all the laughing.............