Re: Drop tanks!

Date:         17 Jan 99 02:37:18 
From: (Merlin Dorfman)
Organization: ICGNetcom
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Ted Perez ( wrote:
: I keep reading about aircraft manufacturers struggling to extend
: the range of their aircraft, and i was just wondering why not use
: drop tanks?  After all, if the plane can ferry an engine under
: the wing (making the plane appear to have five!), then why not
: drop tanks?

     Why drop the tanks?  In other words, why not use external
fixed/permanent tanks?  (Fire danger?)
                                  Merlin Dorfman