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Re: “Citydesk in the Cockpit

"Diehl said one major difference is that the F-35 should not have an 'afterburner,' as the modern jet fighter holds all of its fuel internally—there are no external fuel tanks. "

This sentence does not make sense. Not only does the F-35 have an afterburner (both the F135 and F136 are afterburning turbofans and the Air Force has selected the F135 as the powerplant for the F-35A) the fighter not carrying external fuel would have no affect on an afterburner. An afterburner injects fuel directly into the exhaust stream of the engine, causing the fuel to ignite and providing an increase in thrust. Note that all current military fighters (with the exception of the A-10) have afterburning turbofan engines and can use their afterburners even when not carrying external fuel tanks. Additionally, the B-1's engines all have afterburners yet the B-1 carries no external stores.

I wouldn't mind reading Diehl's actual quote. I could imagine that as the F-35 does not need to carry external fuel tanks (it still can but doing so makes the plane non stealthy) it wouldn't need to use the afterburner for takeoff as it wouldn't have to contend with the additional drag and weight generated by the external stores.

Also, I hope anyone reading this goes to the public meetings the Air Force will conduct in the future as part of an F-35 basing study. I'm not in the Boise area, but I have family there and have lived there in the past, so I take an interest in Boise. There is a potential solution to the noise problem. The airport master plan currently calls for the construction of a third runway to the south of the airport. This site currently has a small runway (called a helicopter assault strip) used by the National Guard and not currently connected to the airport. Part of the F-35 being based at Gowen Field could involve building the third runway and constructing the F-35 ramp space and support facilities around it. F-35's departing could immediately turn south. The area is sparsely populated and any noise associated with the training activities would affect relatively few individuals. I'm not able to attend the meetings to voice my solution. Should anyone read this and attend the meetings I would hope that you would mention it.

Posted by gilfaer on 07/16/2010 at 10:02 AM

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