Science: Flames in the Sky

People who live near Muroc, Calif. are used to seeing strange sights in the sky as test pilots from Edwards Air Force Base put new planes through their paces. For the past month they have seen a fearsome thing: roaring yellow flames streaking across the night, sometimes rocketing upward to mingle with the stars.

The flames over Muroc come from "afterburners" on Lockheed F94 all-weather fighters that are being service-tested to determine their capabilities under simulated combat conditions. Soon such flames will be common wherever jet planes need to use their full power. Developed...

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