Commander's Welcome

Our mission at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex is to conduct developmental test and evaluation for the Nation through modeling, simulation, ground and flight test. I am privileged to represent the people, processes and infrastructure that make AEDC a comprehensive aerospace ground test complex.

Since AEDC's inception following World War II, AEDC has established a rich heritage of development support to DoD, NASA and commercial aerospace systems. Today, AEDC strives to continue providing test and analysis capabilities which measure up to the vision of General of the Air Force Hap Arnold to maintain an Air Force that is second to none.

With facilities at Arnold Air Force Base in middle Tennessee, operating locations at the Federal Research Center at White Oak near Silver Spring, Maryland; at Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, California; Eglin AFB, Florida; Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio, AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace system developers. Of our 35 test facilities, more than half provide test capabilities unique to the U.S. or the world. In addition, AEDC has extensive computational and analysis capability and technology development assets to complement testing. We also have extensive support capabilities that include a precision machine shop, chemical and metallurgical laboratory, and precision measurement equipment laboratory.

However, AEDC's greatest asset remains our people - the more than 4,400 members of Team Arnold. Our dedicated staff and personnel are highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of test and evaluation processes. From test technology development to design and fabrication of complex test articles, our expertise covers the spectrum.

The Facility Guide provides details on our facilities, capabilities and support functions. I believe that you will find it useful in your test and evaluation planning process. If you need more information or assistance, please use our contact information on page three of the guide.

Col. Scott A. Cain