Multiple B-1 Lancer “BONE” supersonic bombers deployed to take part in the first 2020 Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB in February.Continue reading Watch BONE Afterburner Takeoffs at Nellis’ Red Flag 2020
Burned jet fuel has a distinct, sweet type of burning smell, and we can’t get enough of it. As far as the five senses, smell is the second to last with which we experience aviation, the final one of course being touch.Continue reading Love the Smell of Afterburners in the Morning
What’s faster than a jet engine?
Turbine engines are notoriously capable of achieving incredible speeds. But shortly after their initial development, a novel idea was born… Dump raw jet fuel straight into the exhaust of a jet engine.
Rather than fueling the engine once, when the incoming air is at its most compressed, engines fitted with afterburners also known as “reheat,” inject fuel twice. The result is a phenomenal mixture of combusting fuel and hot gasses roaring out the back of the engine, thrusting it and everything to it forward with incredible energy.
Future of Afterburners
While some rapidly advancing areas of aviation, especially drone and eco-friendly initiatives, are making great strides with the need for afterburners, they are solidly here to stay. Recon drones and commercial aircraft generally don’t require the acceleration provided by afterburners, but it is absolutely essential for modern fighter jets.
The F-35 Lightning II, the latest fighter jet to join the US Military inventory, is equipped with an afterburning engine capable of producing 43,000 lbf of thrust.
More Beautiful Afterburners
U.S. Air Force Maj. Garrett Schmitz, pilot for the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, performs aerial maneuvers with an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 16, 2019. Air Combat Command pilots must complete rigorous training and receive certification from four levels of United States Air Force leadership before they can earn the title of Demonstration Team Commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marcus M. Bullock)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 6, 2018) An F-18 Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, the “Tomcatters,” departs from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, to participate in a monumental 21-aircraft flyover featuring a missing-man formation over the memorial service for late President George H. W. Bush in College Station, Texas. Other squadrons that participated in the flyover came from Oceana, Virginia to Fort Worth, Texas, and included VFA 103, the “Jolly Rogers”; VFA 143, the “Pukin’ Dogs”; VFA 32, the “Swordsmen”; VFA 131, the “Wildcats”; VFA 105, the “Gunslingers”; VFA 83, the “Rampagers”; and VFA 87, the “Golden Warriors.” U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jose Jaen (Released).
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes off Sept. 23, 2018, at Andersen AFB, Guam. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gerald R. Willis)
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq early in the morning of Sept. 23, 2014, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets, Sept. 27, 2014. The strikes were conducted as part of the president’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
A B-1 Lancer, assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off during Deliberate Strike Night at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 16, 2016. Composed of six different missions, Advanced Integration contains one of the most dynamic pertaining to fourth and fifth Generation airframes, a night exercise known as Deliberate Strike Night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)
An F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska takes off at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 3, 2018. The F-22 raptor is a fifth-generation fighter incorporating fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and unprecedented pilot situational awareness, making it the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during the Joint Forces Demonstration Arctic Thunder Open House on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), Alaska, June 30, 2018. During the biennial open house, JBER opens its gates to the public and hosts multiple performers including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, JBER Joint Forces Demonstration and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Javier Alvarez)
FOUR afterburning jet engines
The B-1 Lancer is a big plane – a big plane with a big payload. Beyond that it’s expected to go very fast. All of those requirements add up to a need for some serious thrust. The shot below is a great illustration of just the type of power needed to drive the B-1 Lancer.Continue reading B-1’s Beautiful Afterburner