Definition of afterburner
1 : a device incorporated into the tailpipe of a turbojet engine for injecting fuel into the hot exhaust gases and burning it to provide extra thrust
2 : a device for burning or catalytically destroying unburned or partially burned carbon compounds in exhaust (as from an automobile)
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The refueling was meant to test the F-35's ability to take on fuel at a heavier weight and higher altitude while using afterburners.
Other features of fifth generation fighters include active electronic scanning array radars and engines powerful enough to cruise above the speed of sound without afterburners.
With afterburners glowing, the jets made a low pass over the Village of Heritage.
Breedlove speaks almost bashfully when reminded of Noble's threat, reminding you of his own big stick: a 44-foot vehicle with a J-79 General Electric jet engine (with afterburner) from a Navy F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft.
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