A Jet Dumped Its Fuel Tanks On A Village 40 Years Ago. Today, This Is How The Locals Use Them.

During the Vietnam war, farmers in South Vietnam would have looked up to the sky to see American military tactical jet planes flying overhead. If that wasn't nerve-wracking enough, pilots would jettison their JP-8 fuel tanks after they were depleted to reduce the weight of the jet, so enormous fuel tanks were dumped all over the countryside.

Ditching the depleted fuel tanks did let the pilots maneuver better, but it also made them dangerous and prone to hitting bystanders below.

Years after the end of the war, the fuel tanks were recovered and repurposed.

They were hollowed out for makeshift canoes.

That's actually a pretty tough looking canoe!

Credit: The Aviationist | ViralNova

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