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Love the Smell of Afterburners in the Morning

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.

F-15 Eagle taxies onto the runway while a Strike Eagle lights up morning.
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Strike Eagles Full Afterburners To Syria

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 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 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)

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Strike Eagle Demo Tight Turn

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, demonstrate the aircraft's capabilities during the March Field Air and Space Expo 2018 at March Air Reserve Base, California, April 7, 2018. The March Field Air and Space Expo is celebrating 100 years since March Field was established and 70 years of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Harris)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, demonstrate the aircraft's capabilities during the March Field Air and Space Expo 2018 at March Air Reserve Base, California, April 7, 2018. The March Field Air and Space Expo is celebrating 100 years since March Field was established and 70 years of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Harris)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities during the March Field Air and Space Expo 2018 at March Air Reserve Base, California, April 7, 2018. The March Field Air and Space Expo is celebrating 100 years since March Field was established and 70 years of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Harris)

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Strike Eagles at Red Flag 18-1

F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, prepare for takeoff during Red Flag 18-1, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 30, 2018. Red Flag gives mission commanders the opportunity to lead in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment with multi-domain assets. (U.S Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo)

F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, prepare for takeoff during Red Flag 18-1, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 30, 2018. Red Flag gives mission commanders the opportunity to lead in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment with multi-domain assets. (U.S Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo)

F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, prepare for takeoff during Red Flag 18-1, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 30, 2018. Red Flag gives mission commanders the opportunity to lead in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment with multi-domain assets. (U.S Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo)

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75th Anniversary Eagle Scheme

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle heritage paint scheme aircraft sits on the flightline, Nov. 8, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Members of the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight worked for more than one month to complete the paint scheme in honor of the 4 FW’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle heritage paint scheme aircraft sits on the flightline, Nov. 8, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Members of the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight worked for more than one month to complete the paint scheme in honor of the 4 FW’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

A 4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagle heritage paint scheme aircraft sits on the flightline, Nov. 8, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Members of the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight worked for more than one month to complete the paint scheme in honor of the 4 FW’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

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F-15E Strike Eagle Pre-flight

A U.S. Air Force pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs a pre-flight check on an F-15E Strike Eagle parked on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 9, 2017. Mountain Home Airmen and assets were at Tyndall participating in Checkered Flag 18-1, a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes while providing a platform for maintenance teams to be evaluated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

A U.S. Air Force pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs a pre-flight check on an F-15E Strike Eagle parked on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 9, 2017. Mountain Home Airmen and assets were at Tyndall participating in Checkered Flag 18-1, a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes while providing a platform for maintenance teams to be evaluated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

A U.S. Air Force pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs a pre-flight check on an F-15E Strike Eagle parked on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 9, 2017. Mountain Home Airmen and assets were at Tyndall participating in Checkered Flag 18-1, a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes while providing a platform for maintenance teams to be evaluated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released)

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Pair of Strike Eagles

Two F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England prepare to take off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 8, 2017. The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath, for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England prepare to take off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 8, 2017. The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath, for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

Two F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England prepare to take off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 8, 2017. The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath, for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

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Raptors in Britain

F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, prepare to take off alongside F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Oct. 12, 2017. This flying training deployment is an opportunity for the F-22s to fly alongside Europe-based U.S. and allied air force aircraft in a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, prepare to take off alongside F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Oct. 12, 2017. This flying training deployment is an opportunity for the F-22s to fly alongside Europe-based U.S. and allied air force aircraft in a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

F-22 Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, prepare to take off alongside F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Oct. 12, 2017. This flying training deployment is an opportunity for the F-22s to fly alongside Europe-based U.S. and allied air force aircraft in a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

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Stunning F-15 Air-to-Air

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

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Strike Eagle Loaded

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

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Strike Eagle Combat

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve on Oct. 6, 2017. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

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Foggy F-15 FOD Walk

U.S. Air Force members from the 173rd Fighter Wing conduct a “FOD walk” as the base prepares to initiate daily flight operations, Dec. 1, 2017, at Kingsley Field, Ore. Members search for “FOD,” or foreign object damage, items that could harm engines if they are pulled through the air intake of an F-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force members from the 173rd Fighter Wing conduct a “FOD walk” as the base prepares to initiate daily flight operations, Dec. 1, 2017, at Kingsley Field, Ore. Members search for “FOD,” or foreign object damage, items that could harm engines if they are pulled through the air intake of an F-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

U.S. Air Force members from the 173rd Fighter Wing conduct a “FOD walk” as the base prepares to initiate daily flight operations, Dec. 1, 2017, at Kingsley Field, Ore. Members search for “FOD,” or foreign object damage, items that could harm engines if they are pulled through the air intake of an F-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

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Santa Riding to Town

A U.S. Air Force member from the 173rd Fighter Wing prepares to place chalks for an F-15 with Santa Claus on board, Dec. 3, 2017, at Kingsley Field, Ore. The arrival of Santa marked the beginning of Kingsley’s annual Children’s Christmas Party. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

A U.S. Air Force member from the 173rd Fighter Wing prepares to place chalks for an F-15 with Santa Claus on board, Dec. 3, 2017, at Kingsley Field, Ore. The arrival of Santa marked the beginning of Kingsley’s annual Children’s Christmas Party. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

A U.S. Air Force member from the 173rd Fighter Wing prepares to place chocks for an F-15 with Santa Claus on board, Dec. 3, 2017, at Kingsley Field, Ore. The arrival of Santa marked the beginning of Kingsley’s annual Children’s Christmas Party. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)

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Saudi F-15 at Red Flag

A Royal Saudi Air Force crew chief, pulls chaulks away from an F-15E Strike Eagle during Red Flag 12-2 Jan. 25, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

A Royal Saudi Air Force crew chief, pulls chaulks away from an F-15E Strike Eagle during Red Flag 12-2 Jan. 25, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

A Royal Saudi Air Force crew chief, pulls chocks away from an F-15E Strike Eagle during Red Flag 12-2 Jan. 25, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range.