drop tank


: an auxiliary fuel tank for airplanes that can be jettisoned (as when empty)

Examples of drop tank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lack of missiles and drop tanks hanging off the wings and fuselage improves the aircraft's radar-cross section. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 3 Nov. 2015 The MiG-17PF even comes with a pair of drop tanks for cross-country travel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 19 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drop tank was in 1943

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“Drop tank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drop%20tank. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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