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Did the Luftwaffe configure the Messerschmitt Bf 109 with an external fuel tank?

Asked by UScitizen (4273points) February 9th, 2010

If so, was it ever used in combat with an external fuel tank?

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grumpyfish's avatar

I don’t know, there are some references to a “drop tank” which may be internal in a bomb bay, or external.

However, should be covered in this book: http://books.google.com/books?id=nnSbAAAACAAJ&dq=isbn:0760311943&cd=1 if you can find it

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

They did put drop tanks under some of them, I think. I dont think they used them with the FW 190.

Harp's avatar

There was an L-shaped on-board main fuel tank under the cockpit floor and behind the main cockpit bulkhead, but this was supplemented by wing-mounted drop tanks. These were often jettisoned in combat situations to improve maneuverability and safety.

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