Why no afterburners??

Date:         30 Mar 97 03:54:27 
From:         "t0kx@unb.ca" <t0kx@unb.ca>
Organization: UNB CSD
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Why do afterburning engines seem to be reserved for military jets?
Wouldn't the instant thrust punch provided be extremely useful in wind
shear and other tricky conditions encountered by commercial airliners?
Or maybe just to "wow" passengers and do some sustained vertical? :-)



JY
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