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  • Upgrades bring the AEDC 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel nozzle back to life

    A $13 million dollar project to upgrade the nozzle drive motors for the Arnold Engineering Development Complex 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel, or 16S, at Arnold Air Force Base is complete as of early October. While the last customer test in 16S was completed in 1997, a new investment of $60 million dollars is expected to relaunch the tunnel as an
  • Arnold AFB test teams maintain mission focus through COVID-19 constraints

    Most teams at Arnold Engineering Development Complex tasked with carrying out work critical to national security, for a period of time, did not have a full complement of personnel on hand.Precautions requiring adherence, such as team members maintaining a proper distance from one another and the use of personal protection equipment when this is not
  • Capability improvements at transonic wind tunnel leads to approximately $200,000 in savings annually

    An annual savings of close to $200,000 is expected after the facility checkouts of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex 16-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel, or 16T, at Arnold Air Force Base last September.By leveraging previous upgrades to the Propulsion Wind Tunnel facility’s main compressor drive, the 16T wind tunnel can be operated utilizing
  • F-35 store separation test completed ahead of schedule, under budget at AEDC facility

    Store separation testing on a 1/15th scale model of an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex 4-foot transonic wind tunnel, or 4T, at Arnold Air Force Base was completed weeks ahead of a scheduled facility maintenance outage, saving the test customer more than $1 million. According to Jimmy Williams, an
  • Combined effort achieves timely replacement of crane at AEDC Propulsion Wind Tunnel

    In a unified effort, AEDC Propulsion Wind Tunnel management, AEDC Test Operation and Sustainment contractor National Aerospace Solutions, the Arnold Air Force Base Contracting Office and the Arnold Civil Engineering Branch's Simplified Acquisition Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) contractor, SDVE, LLC, executed a very timely replacement of a
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