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What Happens To Jet Fuel Dumped In Mid-air?  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8213 times:

What happens to jet fuel dumped in mid-
air during emergencies?

Does it simply evaporate or can it
reach the ground or sea?

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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8167 times:

It does not reach the ground. It merely vaporizes in the air.


thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineA330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8149 times:

The fuel vaporises

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User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8147 times:

I guess if they dump it really low, it could reach the ground/sea? That's why they often do it over the sea?


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User currently offlineVh-daq From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2001, 182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8103 times:

isn't it just lovely how they do that?

no wonder the fish are dead!!!

anyways its a plane so i can't bag it too much

cheers
DAQ


User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8063 times:

We dump fuel quite often on the AWACS (E-3), coming back to Tinker we dump over lake Draper in southern Oklahoma. We joke about not fishing in the lake  Big grin

I've also dumped over the atlantic several times, usually we clear through ATC when we are dumping and dump at around 25,oooft so it evaporates before hitting the ground. ONce with one engine out we dumped at 22,ooo but the fuel still evaporates at that level.Ciao.

Hook 'em Horns,
Tony aka Lt-AWACS


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