Re: Fuel Dump Question

Date:         23 Dec 98 03:53:01 
From:         John van Veen <>
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Peter Mchugh wrote:
> So the question raised is, If this test works (and it does!), and if a
> small bit of Jet Fuel contained in a sample of AVGAS will persist on the
> paper for any extended period (and it does!) then how accurate are the
> claims in the several Bluecoat posts that 1000s of pounds of Jet
> dispensed at altitude will "vaporize" before falling to earth.... I
> think we have overstated the propensity of kerosene to evaporate... and
> believe that dumping can't be as environmentally clean as suggested.  I
> far better like the over weight landing option (when feasible) in terms
> of the longevity of the greater numbers of living things.

All the time I see rain that evaporates
before it hits the ground.  Why not Jet
Fuel?  It has a high velocity when it hits
the air.  So the surface of the droplets will
evaporate rapidly.  (Pummeled if you will, by
the gas molecules in the atmosphere.)
Something to think about anyway.