DALMD80
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F-4 Phantom Afterburner

Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:12 pm

So I was flying the Phantom in XP11 this morning and kicked it into afterburner. Then I noticed something interesting. The area near the tailhook was turning red! Does this happen IRL, and if so, does it damage the airplane?
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RetiredWeasel
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Re: F-4 Phantom Afterburner

Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:41 am

DALMD80 wrote:
So I was flying the Phantom in XP11 this morning and kicked it into afterburner. Then I noticed something interesting. The area near the tailhook was turning red! Does this happen IRL, and if so, does it damage the airplane?


Must be a visual effect for increasing the "WOW" factor. After 1500 hours in the F-4, I never heard of a tail hook or it's surrounding area getting so hot it glows. The AB flame pattern is well below and offset. That being said there was a time limit on continuous AB operation. I think (not positive), it was five minutes and could have been a restriction on heat on the horizontal stabilizers. I can't find my manual's right now.

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Re: F-4 Phantom Afterburner

Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:12 pm

RetiredWeasel wrote:
DALMD80 wrote:
So I was flying the Phantom in XP11 this morning and kicked it into afterburner. Then I noticed something interesting. The area near the tailhook was turning red! Does this happen IRL, and if so, does it damage the airplane?


Must be a visual effect for increasing the "WOW" factor. After 1500 hours in the F-4, I never heard of a tail hook or it's surrounding area getting so hot it glows. The AB flame pattern is well below and offset. That being said there was a time limit on continuous AB operation. I think (not positive), it was five minutes and could have been a restriction on heat on the horizontal stabilizers. I can't find my manual's right now.

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Thanks! Give me a minute and I'll post a screenshot of it.
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Re: F-4 Phantom Afterburner

Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:50 pm

I’d guess be out of gas in five on continuous AB.

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Re: F-4 Phantom Afterburner

Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:08 pm

I've flown 15 mins continuous burner in XP11 with no drop tank but full internal fuel, sure, it burns quite a bit but I still had 3/4 a tank left.
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Re: F-4 Phantom Afterburner

Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:42 pm

DALMD80 wrote:
I've flown 15 mins continuous burner in XP11 with no drop tank but full internal fuel, sure, it burns quite a bit but I still had 3/4 a tank left.


I doubt that’s realistic.

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