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Fuel tank jettisoned during training flight

January 23, 2010 (by Stars and Stripes) - A 14th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot jettisoned a 300-gallon fuel tank into the Pacific Ocean during a training mission Thursday, according to Misawa officials.

The 14-foot-long, 373-pound tank was empty when it was ditched at 14.45h about 80 miles north-east of Misawa, according to reports.

Air Force officials could not comment on the reason for the jettison because the incident is under investigation.

The last time a tank was jettisoned at Misawa was Dec. 18, 2007.

Published on January 24th, 2010 in the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes.
Used with permission from Stars and Stripes, a DoD publication.
© 2010 Stars and Stripes.

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USAF F-16C block 50 #92-3892 from the 14th FS conducts a mission during a training exercise held at Eielson AFB on July 24th, 2006. [USAF photo by SMSgt. Jeff Rohloff]