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I remember Rob and Don had a discussion about this in
Houston last year..  Too bad I don't remember what
they said!  

Since I cant remember, I will take a guess-  It is for
ESD (Electrical Static Discharge).   Maybe Rob will
confirm or deny.  :)

--- mike clemens <rmclemns@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> My question concerns the fuel vent tube (#106683)
> that
> is installed in the fuel tank.  I understand why you
> need a vent system on the fuel tank, what I am
> wondering about is why there is 24 inch long, 3/16
> inch diameter (copper?) solid wire attached to the
> plug that fits into the vent hole of the tank??
> When properly inserted into the tank, this wire is
> routed to the aft center of the fuel tank and is
> free
> to rotate approximately 20 degrees left and right. 
> The wire is permanently swedged or soldered to the
> vent plug, so it cannot be removed from the plug
> itself.
> What purpose does this wire perform?  The manual has
> nothing about it, that I have been able to find.
> Mike   TPS    1630
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