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  • Laws allowing establishment of AEDC turn 70

    It was 70 years ago this month that President Harry S. Truman signed legislation that paved the way for the establishment of Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). On Oct. 27 and 28, 1949, Truman signed the Unitary Wind Tunnel Plan Act and the Air Engineering Development Center Act of 1949. The first bill authorized a unitary plan for the
  • VKF named in honor of von Kármán 60 years ago

    Sixty years ago, a test facility at Arnold Air Force Base was renamed in honor of the man who helped provide the blueprint that led to the construction of the now Arnold Engineering Development Complex headquartered at Arnold AFB. During an Oct. 30, 1959, ceremony, the Gas Dynamics Facility was dedicated as the von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility, a
  • AEDC testing cost-, time-saving 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
  • Team members’ innovative methods advance test operations for AEDC 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
  • NFAC tests next-generation military helicopter

    The U.S. Army is looking to improve its aviation technology and recently called upon the AEDC National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, to advance this effort. Engineers from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and The Boeing Company, in partnership with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command
  • October marks 35th anniversary of Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base

    The Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base was completed just over 35 years ago, marking the end of construction on a project decades in the making and the beginning of what then-Arnold Engineering Development Center Commander Col. Philip Conran called “a new era of turbine engine and airplane testing.”ASTF was dedicated on
  • Ayer looks forward to new role while reflecting on time at Arnold

    After serving as the AEDC vice director for the past year, Edward Ayer will soon depart Arnold Air Force Base to begin the next phase of his Air Force career by returning to where it began. Ayer has been appointed as a member of the Air Force Senior Executive Service to the post of Associate Director of Engineering and Technical Management for the
  • AEDC program manager connects to the past through collecting

    The cola wars have no place in Jim Raabe’s home. There, vintage signs advertising Coca-Cola share the same wall space as classic displays for Pepsi. Hanging alongside signage for these rivals are colorful ads once used by now-defunct soft drink companies to catch the eyes of potential customers. These signs surround shelves and cases containing
  • New training benefits Arnold lead operations engineers

    A weeklong course for a group of lead Operations Engineers (OE) within the Aeropropulsion Combined Test Force at Arnold Air Force Base was held in September to support their leadership development.According to Jeffrey Sapach, the C-1/C-2 Group Plant Supervisor for National Aerospace Solutions, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor at
  • Tunnel 9 personnel provides guidance for hypersonic experiment

    When those conducting Air Force-sponsored basic science research in hypersonic aerodynamics needed some advice, they relied upon the expertise of engineers and technicians at AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland.Earlier this year, personnel from Tunnel 9 provided instrumentation installation training to members of the research
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