B-52 weapon-bay modifications implemented due to separation tests at AEDC

AEDC set a record with the largest aircraft model (10 percent scale model) by conducting B-52 Stratofortress store separation tests. The testing was requested from the B-52 Program Office to look at the scope of the internal weapons bay upgrade to include additional multitude of weapons that previously had not been released from the B-52 weapons bay. Due to results and data generated from tests, modifications are currently underway to increase the B-52’s guided-weapon capacity. The increased capacity will enable the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) and the MALD Jammer to be carried internally. From left, J.T. Thompson, Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) captive trajectory system project engineer, discusses the B-52H model with Gary Cunningham, ATA lead outside machinist, in the AEDC Propulsion Wind Tunnel 16-foot wind tunnel between store separation test runs. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)

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