drop tank

noun

Definition of drop tank

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

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The lack of missiles and drop tanks hanging off the wings and fuselage improves the aircraft's radar-cross section. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's Stealthy F-15 "Silent Eagle" May Fly After All," 3 Nov. 2015 The MiG-17PF even comes with a pair of drop tanks for cross-country travel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Florida Company Is Selling Soviet MiG Fighter Jets in Prime Condition," 19 Oct. 2017

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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