Fuel Jettisoning by U.S. Air Force Aircraft. Volume I. Summary and Analysis.
Final technical rept. Feb 72-Dec 79,
AIR FORCE ENGINEERING AND SERVICES CENTER TYNDALL AFB FL ENGINEERING AND SERVICES LAB
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An analysis of 3 12 years of data on fuel jettisoning by US Air Force aircraft was performed to provide the basis for an accurate assessment of the environmental effects associated with this practice. The nature and extent of US Air Force jettisoning was examined, and the principal commands, aircraft, locations, altitudes, and quantities were identified. The reasons for fuel jettisoning were also investigated, and the relative importance of fuel jettisoning as a source of hydrocarbon pollution was estimated, considering both the possibility of ground contamination by liquid fuel, and the potential for production of photochemical oxidant pollution from the vapors. The analysis indicates that current Air Force policies concerning fuel jettisoning are adequate to minimize any negative environmental consequences, and that Air Force operational practices are in keeping with these policies. Fuel jettisoning as carried out by Air Force aircraft does not appear to produce any serious environmental consequences. Author
- Air Pollution and Control