The Official F-15 Strike Eagle Handbook

by Richard Sheffield

Use Your Afterburners

Afterburners can be useful in several areas. When you're making a low-level bombing run, the extra-speed afterburners reduce the time you're in SAM range and make it harder for them to hit you.

When involved in a tight turning fight, you'll rapidly bleed energy and airspeed. If you start to get stall warnings in a tight turn, use your afterburners to increase your airspeed to 500 knots; then return to 100-percent power.

This may be necessary several times during a dogfight to keep your airspeed up and to prevent stalls.

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