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AEDC support aids F-15 in reaching 50-year milestone

The compatibility of the Pratt & Whitney F100 engine to the variable geometry inlet of the F-15 Eagle is evaluated in 1972 in the 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, headquarters of Arnold Engineering Development Complex. Since the test section was not large enough to accommodate a full-sized nose section, a special fuselage segment designed to produce inlet airflow conditions the F-15 would encounter in flight was installed in the wind tunnel. The test hardware was cycled through a wide range of altitude and speed conditions. The Air Force recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the F-15’s deployment. Models of the aircraft, engines and other F-15 components have frequently been tested by AEDC over the past 50 years. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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