Yesterday I was spotting in CGN
which is both a civilian and military airport. Sometimes figher planes are visiting CGN
, this was the case yesterday. A Tornado took off on rwy 14L. This runway is 3800metres long, so there is plenty of runway to use.
I was happy to see that the Tornado used full afterburner, it was great to hear such a loud airplane, I guess it was even three times as loud as the IL76 that visited CGN
But still I ask myself, why did it take off with afterburner? Is this standard procedure for military airplanes? It consumes a lot of fuel and makes a lot of noise, and while I like it, why is it done on such a long runway?