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Posted: 1/6/2006 9:37:53 PM EDT


news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=28432006

Cyclist's near miss with RAF jet's fuel tank

RHIANNON EDWARD

A CYCLIST said he thought he was going to die after an auxiliary fuel tank from an RAF Harrier jet fell from the sky and missed him by inches.

A military investigation was under way yesterday following the incident, which happened when the aircraft was on a routine training flight from RAF Cottesmore near Peterborough.

The empty, 10ft-long metal tank landed on a grass verge near the A3124 road at Winkleigh, Devon, police said.

Les Sprason, who lives in the village, said the fuel tank had spiralled over his head while he cycled along the country road.

"I thought, I am going to die because it is going to explode, and this is me finished," he said.

The tank fell from the jet and landed in a field with a dull thud. Mr Sprason added: "It came over the road, over my head, somersaulting, and impacted into a hedgerow. It ruptured itself, and the aviation fuel was pouring out."

An RAF spokesman said that the auxiliary tank "came away" from the aircraft and was not jettisoned.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 9:39:57 PM EDT
crybaby.

I'd be telling bitches at the bar that the RAF was trying to bomb me and missed.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 9:41:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
crybaby.

I'd be telling bitches at the bar that the RAF was trying to bomb me and missed.



AYE!
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 9:42:24 PM EDT
Time for the TIN FOIL hat to on....
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 9:44:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
crybaby.

I'd be telling bitches at the bar that the RAF was trying to bomb me and missed.





Link Posted: 1/6/2006 9:48:45 PM EDT
Lucky for him the ignitor didn't work on the napalm.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 3:55:45 AM EDT
You have to wonder how many people got taken out in Europe during WWII from all the drop tanks released over there. Imagine a squadron of Thunderbolts or Mustangs dropping them to scatter over the French or German countryside. (Not to mention the flaming aircraft shortly thereafter).

Incoming!

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