Saturn V mocel undergoes basic aerodynamic testing and evaluation in AEDC's 16-foot transonic propusion wind tunnel in 1966.
The Apollo Service Module rocket being raised into position prior to testing at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex in support support of the Apollo program.
Apollo 11 mission commander Neil A. Armstrong, second from the right, the first man to step on the moon, visited AEDC in 1971 with a group of NASA and DoD officials who stopped during their tour of VKF to inspect some fo the wind tunnel models.
A wall section of the Saturn IB II Stage after testing at Arnold Engineering Development Complex in support of the Apollo program.
A wall section of the Saturn IB II Stage after testing at Arnold Engineering Development Complex in support of the Apollo program.
Arnold Engineering Development Complex support to Apollo program.
Arnold Engineering Development Complex support to Apollo program.
Arnold Engineering Development Complex support to Apollo program.
Saturn J2 engine ready to test at Arnold Engineering Development Complex in support of the Apollo program.
A scale model of the Apollo three-man capsule, with escape tower and jettison rocket attached, for aerodynamic testing in the von Kármán Gas Dynamic Facility 40-inch supersonic wind tunnel in 1962.
A scale model of the Apollo three-man capsule, with escape tower and jettison rocket attached, for aerodynamic testing in the von Kármán Gas Dynamic Facility 40-inch supersonic wind tunnel in 1962.
The Apollo Command Module instrumented for testing at Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

About AEDC

Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) operates more than 55 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units located in six states. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; some are unique in the world. AEDC is one of three installations which are part of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), one of six subordinate commands of the Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource. View AEDC's fact sheet. View the symbolism behind our shield, shown aboveView/Read AEDC's Test Facility Guide.

Our Mission: Conduct developmental test and evaluation for the Nation through modeling, simulation, ground and flight test.

Our Vision: Be the Nation’s best value test and analysis source for aerospace and defense systems.

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The Arnold AFB Visitors' Center is the single point of service for issuance of identification media to include Common Access Cards (CAC), military (including Guard, Reserve or Retiree) and family member ID Cards. The center also produces access badges/cards for entry to AEDC/Arnold AFB.

The Visitors' Control Center and DEERS office operates from 6:30am until 3:30pm (0630-1530) Monday through Friday. To ensure availability of required services please call (931) 454-5453.

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Volunteering is such an important part of giving back to the community. Below are volunteer opportunities and resources available to base personnel.

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The Commander's Action Line is an integral part of the base feedback network. Always use the proper chain of command to address your concerns; if you are not satisfied with the response or you are unable to resolve the problem or concern, call the Action Line at (931) 454-6000. You may also submit an Action Line ONLY after the member has attempted to make resolution through the appropriate chain through the AEDC Intranet home page.

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