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  • National Radar Test Facility adds VHF capability to heavyweight turntable

    The 704th Test Group, Detachment 1 of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex has improved the radar cross section (RCS) test capability at the National Radar Test Facility tenfold.“The VHF addition to our heavyweight turntable allows us to unleash our full RF [radio frequency] spectrum on all possible test articles that can be tested on our RCS
  • Space Test Branch helps change the world with decades of testing

    With the first ballistic missile being introduced in 1944 during World War II, the newest threat to the nations of the world was realized.At this time, the V-2 rockets, the world’s first long-range, guided, ballistic missiles, were not very accurate, but this new capability created new urgency for the U.S. and its allies.When the war ended and
  • Propulsion Test Branch at Arnold AFB helping power the Air Force since 1950s

    The Engine Test Facility (ETF), which is part of the AEDC Propulsion Test Branch at Arnold Air Force Base, was the first facility on base, with its construction completed in 1953.Equipment making up the ETF test cells, such as the motors and compressors, were confiscated from a Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) plant in Munich, Germany, following World
  • AEDC expands footprint from coast-to-coast over past 24 years

    Since Arnold Engineering Development Center, now Complex, was dedicated in 1951 in middle Tennessee, the organization has grown to include many units, spanning the country from Maryland to California with many points in between. Most of the units and organizations were formed prior to joining AEDC and bring with them a history all their own. All of
  • Test Center champions professional development summit

    Over 160 AFTC Airmen from AEDC, Eglin, and Edwards AFB tuned in to learn more about Test and its strategic importance to National defense.
  • AEDC videographer writes fantasy fiction when not behind the camera at Arnold AFB

    If you see David Wright around Arnold Air Force Base, he’s usually toting videography equipment and lights into test cells, videoing a special event or interviewing individuals for a project he’s working.Though Wright, who has been in the role of AEDC videographer since January 2019, has mostly been working behind the lens since graduating with a
  • AEDC supporting Golden Horde testing

    The 586th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, a unit of the 704th Test Group of Arnold Engineering Development Complex, is currently supporting one of the Air Force Vanguard programs – Golden Horde.Vanguards, part of the Air Force 2030 Science and Technology Strategy, are focused on advancing emerging weapons systems and warfighting concepts
  • AEDC critical to fielding DARPA OpFires

    Critical testing for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program was recently completed in Arnold Engineering Development Complex test facilities.  This testing supported the DARPA Operational Fires, or OpFires, program, and was completed in October 2020 in the von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility (VKF) at AEDC.  The goal of the OpFires program
  • Full speed ahead: Mach 18 now available to test customers at AEDC Tunnel 9

    Test customers in need of serious speed are lining up to take advantage of an unprecedented capability now available at Arnold Engineering Development Complex Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Md.Calibration of the Mach 18 system was completed at Tunnel 9 in July 2020, less than two months after the mid-May initiation of the process.
  • U.S. Space Force official gets first-hand look at Arnold AFB

    Gen. David D. Thompson, vice chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, recently visited the Arnold Engineering Development Complex headquarters at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., to gauge how AEDC space test and evaluation capabilities can support the newest branch of the nation’s military.On Feb. 5, Thompson spent the day at Arnold AFB
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