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Photo of an F-16 Afterburner

Libby poses next to this F-16 Falcon afterburner in the hanger of the 183rd Fighter Squadron in Springfield Illinois


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Visiting the Air National Guard
183rd Fighter Squadron, 6-12-2000
Springfield, IL.

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from left to right is Steve, Libby and Steff

Libby said that she wanted to have her picture taken next to this f-16 Falcon afterburner.  All of the kids learned about the variable exhaust nozzle on these jets and the after burner rings.  The F-16 uses a single variable flow afterburner ring where the older, I'm not sure about the newer models, F-14 tomcats used a five stage after burner which ignited each ring in succession as the throttle was advanced.  This variable flow unit allowed a smoother transition between afterburner settings as the throttle was advanced.

An after burner uses a tremendous amount of fuel.  I think it flows about much fuel as a fire hose flow water.  The afterburner really adds a lot of power to the engine because it essentially changes the Turbofan Jet Engine into  a Rocket engine.  This is just hearsay but I was told an F-14 has only fifteen minutes of fuel at full afterburner.

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