LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4566 times:
Sharpnfuzzy is right. A tank is not designed to explode, and that will only happen if there is some fuel left in it and it creates some kind of a spark on impact (wait, aren't they made of plastic or something?).
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4566 times:
It shouldn't explode but that being said.
I have heard of several accounts of US World War Two aircraft dropping their drop tanks at least partially full and then having their wingman machine gun them. The tracers would ignite the gas and it made a improvised firebomb.
This was really popular with the cardboard drop tanks that where in use since they where good for only one flight only anyway.
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4549 times:
droptanks are made either of aluminium or composites (both are possible).
The material is quite thin (to save weight).
On impact it will usually crumble or rip apart. If there is fuel left, it may spill, but will most likely not explode.
Remember, liquid fuel does not explode, only vapour does.