They were well aware of the risk, so they fitted the plane with a specialized fire extinguishing system that would immediately snuff any flame which appeared in the fuel tank. But I imagine the test pilots took some convincing!

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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Admiral Cloudberg

Admiral Cloudberg

Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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