Monday, May 29, 2023

Mystery fuel tank of military plane washed up on Ashdod beach

The mystery external fuel tank of a military plane has been found washed up on an Ashdod beach on the Mediterranean coast of Israel.

On 20 April, Anna Ahronheim has released at his Twitter page some footage showed mystery drop tank on Ashdod beach.

“This isn’t your typical beach find…the remains of a missile has washed up on Ashdod beach today,” said Anna Ahronheim on his page.


But later, some source reported that this was external fuel tank of the Israeli fighter jet (most likely F-16) dumped from an aircraft deep into the Mediterranean a few days ago.

No injuries have been reported on the ground following the incident when the fuel tanks landed and washed up on an Ashdod beach.

In military aviation, a drop tank is used to describe auxiliary fuel tanks externally carried by fighter jets.

A drop tank is expendable and often jettisonable. External tanks are commonplace on modern military aircraft and occasionally found in civilian ones, although the latter is less likely to be discarded except in the event of an emergency.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense adviser and a consultant. He graduated in business management and worked at leading European defense companies before becoming a military journalist. read more