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Brig. Gen. Gustav Lundquist. (AEDC historical photo) X-1 test pilot and former AEDC commander dies
Brig. Gen. Gustav E. Lundquist,  88, of San Antonio, Texas, died Feb. 5. He was the husband of Mary Taliaferro "Tolly" Parrish  Lundquist, who was raised in Martinsville.  As a veteran engineer and  pilot, Lundquist had been involved in aviation his entire life.  Commissioned in 1941, he  became one of the leading U.S.  Air Force experimental test
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2008
The USS Lake Erie launches a Navy Standard Missile-3 at a nonfunctioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite as it traveled in space at more than 17,000 mph over the Pacific Ocean Feb. 20. (Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy) AEDC-tested Navy Standard Missile destroys errant satellite
A single modified tactical Navy Standard Missile-3 was launched from the Navy's USS Lake Erie Wednesday in an attempt to take down an errant satellite before it entered Earth's atmosphere. According to Wayne Hawkins, Arnold Engineering Development Center plans and programs directorate engineer, the center has been testing numerous variants and
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In this image, two engineers are dwarfed by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's parachute, which holds more air than a 3,000-square-foot house and is designed to survive loads in excess of 36,000 kilograms (80,000 pounds). The parachute, built by Pioneer Aerospace, South Windsor, Conn., has 80 suspension lines, measures more than 65 feet in length, and opens to a diameter of nearly 55 feet. It is the largest disk-gap-band parachute ever built and is shown here inflated in the test section with only about 12.5 feet of clearance to both the floor and ceiling of the world’s largest wind tunnel at National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex. The parachute is attached to a launch arm mounted on a swivel-base that allows the test item to pitch and yaw under simulated conditions of subsonic entry into the Martian atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL and Pioneer Aerospace Corp.) Back in business: World's largest wind tunnel picks up where it left off
The U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center's National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) resumed its historic role in supporting space exploration with the recent successful dynamic loads and developmental testing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory's massive parachute. The MSL is scheduled to launch in 2009. The last test before
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Arnold rated 'Excellent' by headquarters inspectors
For more than six months, Arnold personnel have been preparing for the base's third Unit Compliance Inspection (UCI). That hard work paid off when the base received an overall score of "excellent" from the inspectors. "You can all be justifiably proud of this grade which is the result of a lot of hard work and perseverance to get to this point,"
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2008
Thomas Morgenfeld, chief test pilot for the X35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. National Engineers Week events scheduled for Feb. 17-23
X-35 Chief Test Pilot Tom Morgenfeld to speak at engineers week banquet Feb. 20Thomas Morgenfeld, chief test pilot for the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, will be the keynote speaker for the Engineers Week Banquet Feb. 20 at the Coffee County Conference Center. He will speak about his experiences flying all three versions of the X-35 airplane.
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2008
National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) Test Engineer Al Lizak surveys the large rotor test apparatus test rig prior to tunnel. NFAC recently reached its first major milestone–that of achieving full operational capability for rotocraft testing. A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) helicopter is scheduled
this spring to be the first test with this capability since the facility reopened in 2006. (Photo by Dominic Hart) World's largest wind tunnel reaches full operational capabilty, re-opens doors to rotorcraft
After two years of refurbishment and reactivation activities, the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) in Moffett Field, Calif., reached a major milestone recently, achieving full operational capability for rotorcraft testing. This restores the rotorcraft testing capability that was available before the facility was closed in 2003. "This
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2008
Waymond “Buck” Buchanan, Aerospace Testing Alliance electrician technician lead at Arnold Engineering Development Center's B-Plant, resets an alarm on the plant’s alarm panel. The alarms are color-coded red or yellow to indicate the urgency of a potential problem with the flow of water, aviation fuel or air. The panel also includes fire alarm indicators for the plant. (Photo by David Housch) AEDC's Waymond Buchanan keeps the tests going
Waymond "Buck" Buchanan knows a thing or two about working hard. He vividly recalls those early years of helping his father, a sharecropper, raise cotton, hay and tobacco on a 70-acre farm in rural middle Tennessee. Chopping cotton, cutting hay and harvesting tobacco under a hot summer sun was not the young man's idea of the best way to make a
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2008
Default Air Force Logo AEDC Fellows nominations being accepted
Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2008 Fellows program with submissions due no later than March 31. Established in 1989, the Fellows program recognizes AEDC scientists and engineers who have made exceptionally distinguished and substantial contributions to the nation's aerospace ground testing
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2008
Mr. Dietz Ground test expert, AEDC Fellow Robert Dietz dies
Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) Fellow Robert O. Dietz, 84, died Jan. 19 at his home in Manchester. The family will receive friends at the visitation Jan. 26 from noon-3 p.m. at the Central Funeral Home in Manchester. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Central Funeral Home
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2008
Phil Tarver holds a 16 by 20 inch black and white photographic print of the iconic image seen on AEDC’s Web site of three men, from left, Charlie Powell, in foreground, R. Pierson Smith and Bob Bomar, standing on turning vanes inside AEDC’s 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel test facility. (Photo by Philip Lorenz III) Phil Tarver - AEDC's man behind the lens
Arnold Engineering Development Center's (AEDC) first public affairs photographer, Phil Tarver spent more than 30 years documenting the people, technology and engineering breakthroughs instrumental in keeping the center at the forefront of flight simulation testing in the world. He did more than record images for posterity; these photos appeared in
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