MILITARY RESEARCH ON JET FUEL CONTAMINATION
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING WASHINGTON DC
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Serious aircraft troubles, including engine flameouts, fuel gage malfunctions, integral tank corrosion, and other fuel system difficulties have been traced to contaminants in the fuel. The chief offenders, singly or in combination, were found to be water, dirt especially iron rust, surfactants, and microorganisms. Improper operation and maintenance of fuel handling equipment was found to be the causative factor in each case of serious fuel contamination thus far investigated. The consensus of informed opinion is that the troubles encountered in field handling of fuels can be averted by good house keeping throughout the fuel handling system.