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Drop tank

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This article is about auxiliary fuel tanks on aircraft. For airborne tanks dropped by transport aircraft, see the general tank article.
The F/A-18E Super Hornet - Top Gun: Maverick carrying a drop tank underneath its midsection with the label "TOPGUN"

A drop tank is an auxiliary fuel tank carried externally by an aircraft. The name refers to the ability for the aircraft to jettison, or "drop", the fuel tank after it has run out of fuel. Their purpose is to help aircraft reach further combat zones or longer flight times than normally possibly when only using their internal tanks.

Drop tanks have only sporadically appeared in the Ace Combat franchise. Wardog and Razgriz Squadrons jettison drop tanks at the start of various missions in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War;[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] Cyclops and Strider Squadrons do the same when they arrive halfway through "First Contact" in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.[12] Drop tanks are visible in the hangar on most aircraft in Ace Combat 5 and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, except stealth and fictional aircraft.

The first player-controlled drop tank was added with the TOP GUN: Maverick Aircraft Set DLC in Ace Combat 7. While flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet - Top Gun: Maverick, players can jettison the drop tank at any time by holding the "Switch Weapon" button. It is visual only and serves no gameplay purpose.