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F-16 F110 engine at max afterburner power

Taken on Mar. 3, 2017, the interesting photo in this post shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon F110 engine running at max afterburner power at a test cell facility at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), S.C..

At about 15 feet in length, the General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engine produces approximately 29,000 pounds of thrust.

As explained by Airman 1st Class Kathryn Reaves, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, in the article Airmen test engine at max afterburner power, the 20th Component Maintenance Squadron test cell facility at Shaw AFB, is responsible for ensuring F-16CM Fighting Falcon engines are mission ready. Airmen from the facility troubleshoot engines by running them in a controlled environment and collecting diagnostic information.

Today’s F110-GE-129 offers maximum mission capability for the latest generation of F-16C/D and F-15 aircraft.

Sharing 81% parts commonality with the F110-GE-100 –the safest single-engine powerplant in U.S. Air Force history in its class – the -129 offers significant mission advantages throughout the F-15 and F-16 envelopes. For example, more than 30% additional thrust is available at critical low-altitude combat operations.

The F110 powers more than 70% of today’s most advanced USAF F-16C/D aircraft (including 100% of all USAFE and PACAF assets) and offers sustained
deployment in every major theater of operation.

GE has introduced hardware upgrades capable of allowing the -129 to operate for 6,000 TACs between scheduled visits, which represents a 40% reduction
in scheduled engine visits.

Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves / U.S. Air Force

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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