11 Killer photos of jets in full afterburner
Check out these shots of jets turning pounds and pounds of fuel into speed when the pilots push the throttles into afterburner.
An F/A-18C launches off of Cat 3 with both GE F-404 motors in full burner.
Interesting to note that Hornet pilots take the cat shot with their right hand gripping the canopy rail and not on the stick. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
An Air Force F-16 launches out of Aviano, Italy at night with it's single GE F-110 engine in full afterburner.
An F-22 Raptor makes a high-G pass at an airshow with it's Pratt and Whitney F-119 engines at full power.
The F-119 is designed to allow the Raptor to reach supersonic speeds without afterburner. (Photo: Air Force)
And F-15 Eagle launches with both Pratt and Whitney F-100s in full afterburner.
An F/A-18C Hornet raises the gear and starts a left hand clearing turn off the cat with vapes streaming off of the wingtips and both GE F-404s at full blower.
(Photo: U.S. Navy)
They didn't call the F-14 the 'big fighter' for nothing. Here a Tomcat rages down Cat 1 with it's Pratt and Whitney TF-30s at Zone 5 (full power).
Later Tomcat models used the GE F-110, which was generally considered a more powerful and reliable engine. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
A B-1 'Lancer' (better known as "The Bone" -- B+one . . . get it?) turns at sunset with all four GE F-110s (same engine used on models of the F-16 and F-14) in full afterburner.
The B-1 was designed for Cold War-era missions where pre-stealth conventional wisdom was to come into a target low and fast. (Photo: USAF)
An F-111B zorches over the water with wings swept aft and Pratt and Whitney TF-30 engines at full power.
While the TF-30 had compressor stall issues with the F-14 it worked well for the F-111. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)
Another shot of an F-14A Tomcat on the cat in afterburner.
Pilots would start cat shots with throttles at the Zone 2 setting and then push them forward to Zone 5 as the jet accelerated toward the carrier's bow. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
A MiG-25 starts its takeoff roll with both Tumansky R-15B-300s at full power.
The Foxbat is a scream machine, speed-wise, and has been clocked hauling at over Mach 3.
The F-35B Lightning II isn't designed for speed as much as forward quarter lethality and survivability; but it's single Pratt and Whitney F-135 does create a nice burner plume in this gorgeous sunset shot.
(Photo: Lockheed Martin)