Fallen Jet Fighter Fuel Tank
We found this old fuel tank
off of some kind of a jet fighter. It is located in the
middle of the Rasor Road OHV area nestled between Basin
Road, Rasor Road and Afton Canyon and is hard to find.
We put a desert cache in it. Please respect this
artifact, enjoy the cache and leave something when you
open it. Don't forget to sign the sheet.
NOTE: Upon installing the
cache, we were listening to some music and having a
Black & Tan beer. The song that was playing was
'Roxanne'.... so we named her ROXANNE
UPDATE: I knew that this tank
was dragged to JR's cabin in about 1990 by a guy I know
and JR told him to drag it back out to the desert and
get it off his property. I could not remember who it
was. I received this email from an old buddy of mine,
From Howard Eglett
Just wanted to mention a little
something about the jet fuel drop tank.
years ago I dragged that very same tank back to the
cabin and Jr. told me to take it back where I found it.
I didn't know how to get back to the location so we
followed our drag marks back to where it was found and
Jr. verified the location with his GPS.
About the tank;
This is a
drop tank from a Douglas A-4 skyhawk. These tanks were
made to store extra fuel to get the fighter to the
battle theatre then the external tank would be released
before the sortee was carried-out, which made the plane
faster and more maneuverable during the mission. Since
the planes burned a lot more fuel while carrying bombs
and missiles, they didn't need nearly as much fuel to
get them back to base after the ordnance was dropped.
the tanks were used to transport or deliver the plane to
new stations that were long distances between fuel
stops. These tanks were phased out with the development
of in-flight refueling with the KC-10 and newer fighter
aircraft. The A-4 was developed in the late 1950s and
early 60s and had been used in the early stages of Viet
Nam war. Senator John McCain also flew the Skyhawk. The
Navy and Marines don't typically drop these tanks on
public lands unless the jet was in some kind of trouble
and needed to lighten the load in order to stay in the
air. No other crash related debris has been found in
this area of the desert where the tank hit the ground.