Posted: 8/25/2010 13:37:15
I am looking for information on the dimensions and weights of WW II drop tanks for P51s and P38s. I can't seem to locate lenghts, dimensions (diameter, circumference) and weights. Does anyone have this information or know where I can find it. Also, looking to locate one eventually. Are there any aviation graveyards or surplus equipment suppliers that have some for sale?
Posted: 8/25/2010 14:14:16
I suggest that you log in over at WIX, the Warbird Information Exchange. There will be people there that can tell you more than you ever want to know about the subject. More than likely, you will also find someone that has a stash of them in their barn as well.
Posted: 10/8/2010 22:16:15
I just seen one today in machester , CT in a scrap yard. He said it wasn't for sale but if i pressed it it could be had.
Posted: 10/15/2010 02:57:34
John Kent - London, England - EAA 75125 - According to M J Hardy's book on the P-51 (David and Charles, England) the tankage was as follows - P-51a 2 x 150 US gal tanks and the 51D carried 2 x 108 US gal tanks. Actual dimensions are not given but a blurred photo of a "B" suggests a taper shape about 3-4 feet long and slightly less than the main wheel in diameter.
Hope this is OK
John C Kent
Posted: 10/15/2010 06:52:12
John Kent - England
1 US gallons is 0.1337 cu ft so 108 gallons equals approx. 14.44 cu ft and 150 gallons gives 20.05 cu ft so this may give some idea of the sizes.
Posted: 10/15/2010 10:40:41
That is good to know. Do you know the address and phone number of the scrap yard? Is there a name of a person there I should know, the owner or the manager or someone?
Posted: 10/15/2010 10:44:22
Thank you. I was aware there was a 150 gallon size, but not a 108. The cubic size is useful.
Posted: 10/16/2010 20:59:04
I have a bunch of scrap copper/ brass I have to take in and I'll get you a Picture/ Name /Address Monday
Posted: 10/22/2010 16:52:55
HE wouldn't let me take pictures but the scrap yard is Ostrinsky's scrap yard 860-643-5879. Maybe you can sweet talk him but I got a flat out not for sale.
Posted: 10/25/2010 14:01:51
Thank you for the heads up and checking. I appreciate it. I'll have to google the directions and head over to check it out. Thanks.
Posted: 10/31/2010 20:55:44