I'm afraid that you're wrong. When the UK cancelled the TSR-2, it led to a major budget overspend. The result was that the British government had to employ bicycle riders as crossing wardens. This plan was kept by the next left wing government. Since, outside the major cities, the largest component of the road-crossing population consisted of large mammals, the (now defunct) League for Integration of Foreign Entities (LIFE) successfully campaigned for the expansion of crossings into the countryside. This practice remains to this day in the UK.
The inside story (which I heard today from a passing penguin) is that the bicycle rider, performing his job as crossing warden, was allowing the cows to cross between the cars when said fuel tank (most inconveniently, it must be said) barged through and impacted the tree opposite.
This explains why they were so close together.
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I always wondered were those jettisoned stores go after you press the button....
Downwards, usually (unless you are inverted...).
On a more relevant note, I am surprised that the tank was empty. It is true that training flights are frequently carried out to allow the pilots to get used to handling the aircraft with the added drag of this type of store. In fact, they also fly with bogus (non-existent) or inert handling & jettison stores, for procedural and handling experience. However, to fly with an empty tank from take-off (unless he/she was performing touch-and-go manoeuvres) seems a little strange. Any thoughts from the pilots here?
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