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  • F-35 store separation test completed ahead of schedule, under budget

    Store separation testing on a 1/15th scale model of an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex 4-foot transonic wind tunnel, or 4T, at Arnold Air Force Base was completed weeks ahead of a scheduled facility maintenance outage, saving the test customer more than $1 million.According to Jimmy Williams, an
  • New Vice Director joins AEDC team

    Jason Coker was impressed with Arnold Engineering Development Complex long before recently accepting a leadership post within the organization.“What Arnold does and its criticality to the nation’s aeronautical capabilities are really second to none,” he said. “It is an extremely important mission, and I am excited to be a part of it.”In early
  • Replacing decades-old exhauster motors expected to increase reliability, availability for testing base wide

    Exhauster motors near the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Engine Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base are being replaced after being in service since at least 1958.The motors, referred to as the A and B exhauster motors, have been used to exhaust up to a combined total of 1,100 pounds of air per second during testing.In the 61-plus years
  • AEDC testing efficient water line repair method

    When it’s possible to increase operational reliability while minimizing the cost and disruption caused by maintenance, it’s a win-win.Arnold Engineering Development Complex team members are implementing a trial run of such a solution to the problem of leaks in raw water pipes at Arnold Air Force Base. Raw water is used in the cooling systems of the
  • Innovation advances test operations at hypersonic propulsion facility

    Improvements by team members of the AEDC Aerodynamics and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU) at Arnold Air Force Base have prevented unscheduled downtime and avoided equipment damage at the facility.Adam Webb, an electrical engineer for the Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS) contractor, National Aerospace Solutions, improved upon software for the
  • New scheduling system streamlines test and maintenance planning

    Ensuring resources such as utilities, facilities and personnel are available to accommodate high-priority test and maintenance projects is essential to the success of the AEDC mission.In an effort to reduce work impacts and delays due to resource unavailability and conflicts in testing schedules, a new single master schedule was developed by
  • From aerodynamics to treehouses: acquisition skills apply across spectrum

    Mike Dent, chief of the Capital Improvements Branch at Arnold Air Force Base, built a “treehouse” near his residence in Tullahoma, complete with HVAC, bathroom and other amenities.During a Project Management Institute Lunch and Learn at Arnold in July, Dent used the treehouse project as an example of applying acquisition principles to large home
  • New AEDC Flight Systems director aims to support, grow his team

    The Arnold Engineering and Development Complex Combined Test Force at Arnold Air Force Base has a new face at the helm.Lt. Col. John McShane took on the director role June 28, and while new to the job and the area, he is full-speed ahead in conducting business as usual.“My goals are, first off, to take care of the people because they’re the ones
  • Woman’s visit to Arnold brings back memories of her family, childhood

    Touching an X-15 model in the A&E Lobby at Arnold Air Force Base, Annette Freres became emotional as she imagined her father doing the same decades earlier as an engineer working at Arnold.Freres recently had the opportunity to visit Arnold AFB, along with her daughter Michelle and high school friend Bob Hyde.Though she’s currently a resident of
  • AEDC space chamber supports Ground-Based Midcourse Defense

    The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a successful flight test for a program that the 10-foot vacuum (10V) chamber at Arnold Air Force Base has supported for nearly a decade.MDA, in cooperation with the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command, and elements of the U.S. Air Force Space
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