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  • 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
  • Arnold stands down to raise resiliency

    The U.S. Air Force is on track in 2019 to experience a five-year high in the number of Total Force deaths by suicide. In response to this growing concern and in an effort to address it, Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein on Aug. 1 ordered all Air Force units to stand down for a one-day Resilience Tactical Pause (RTP) by mid-September to focus
  • 3D printing successfully used to fabricate discontinued part for lube oil system

    When a decades-old part could no longer be purchased, the Plant Operations and Maintenance team at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Engine Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base coordinated with members of the Condition Based Maintenance group, or CBM, to determine how best to recreate the piece.The most economical solution was determined
  • 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
  • Painting a piece of history

    Jonathan Finn paints part of a TF-30 engine that is on display in front of the Engine Test Facility, Aug. 9, at Arnold Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett) (This image has been altered by obscuring a badge for security purposes.)
  • Test System Sustainment Chief brings “big picture” perspective to new role

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Burdette assumed his new role as AEDC Test System Sustainment Division Chief at Arnold Air Force Base on Aug. 9. But even as he’s getting acquainted with his surroundings, he has a positive outlook and only nice things to say about Arnold.“There’s no reason not to love it,” Burdette said. “Some of the unique capabilities here are
  • New Aeropropulsion CTF director faces challenge of meeting increased test demand

    Though he had not worked directly with AEDC before, Lt. Col. Lane Haubelt, the new director of the Aeropropulsion Combined Test Force at Arnold Air Force Base, knew of its mission and commented that the Complex’s reputation precedes it.“As an engineer, especially one with an aeronautical engineering focus, I was aware of AEDC and knew of the work
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