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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.02.08): Jettison

Aero-Terms!

Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms, names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.

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Jettison

To drop something from an aircraft or space craft in flight. Supplemental fuel tanks, also called "drop tanks", can be jettisoned from military aircraft prior to entering combat in order to lower drag, decrease weight and improve maneuverability.

FMI: www.answers.com/topic/jettison?cat=technology

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