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?
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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