Sunday, 26 July 2020

IJAAF & IJNAF drop tanks pt. 2 - Mitsubishi A5M "Claude"

In the second part of the series we will examine the drop tanks of Mitsubishi A5M "Claude".
The earlier types of the aircraft until A5M2a had an 160ℓ drop tank as shown below.

Below is an illustration by Devlin Chouinard based on the official aircraft service manual.
1. fuselage frame
2. front metal attachment
3. drop line
4. release lever
5. fuel flow control lever
6. fuel capacity indicator
7. rear metal attachment
8. fuselage frame
9. drop tank in release position

From A5M2b, the earlier drop tank was replaced by either a 160ℓ...

...or a 210ℓ drop tank.

Note the not-so-pristine condition of the tank below.

As before, below is an illustration by Devlin Chouinard based on the official aircraft service manual.
1. changeover valve
2. release lever
3. anti-vibration metal attachment
4. tank attachment rack
5. attachment metal for the rack
6. 160ℓ tank
7. 210ℓ tank

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