Arnold engineers share what it means to them to be an engineer

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Arnold Engineering Development Complex has continued to grow and evolve over the nearly 70 years since President Harry Truman dedicated the site in honor of Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, but one thing has remained the same – engineers are the heart of AEDC.

Engineers oversee the testing, conduct the research and manage the maintenance necessary for AEDC to accomplish its objectives, and it is once again time to celebrate these men and women, along with other engineers across the nation, for the impact they have on the world around them.
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NAS Team Members Train to More Effectively Meet Project Management Demands

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – In December, National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS), the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS) Contractor, invested in members of its workforce with a three-day class on project management.

The course was modeled after Bechtel’s Project Management Tier 1 Training and tailored to meet the specific needs of NAS. It was taught by Mark Seely, a project management training facilitator and former Bechtel employee.
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Arnold AFB craftsmen and others join to aid supersonic wind tunnel return to service

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The reactivation of the 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel at Arnold Air Force Base is on the horizon, and work continues behind the scenes to bring the dormant facility back to life.

Craftsmen in the Arnold AFB Model and Machine Shop are being lauded for the creativity and cohesion that led to the successful completion of a significant undertaking critical to reactivating the facility.
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AEDC T-3 engine test cell receives upgrades for future tests

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The Arnold Engineering Development Complex T-3 turbine engine test cell at Arnold Air Force Base is undergoing several modifications to prepare it for future testing.

Built as part of the Engine Test Facility, or ETF, at Arnold in the early 1950s, the T-3 test cell was designed for testing small engines. It has the capability to reach Mach 4 at simulated altitudes below 70,000 feet and Mach 2.5 at sea-level conditions.
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AEDC teams improve design engineering capability

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Arnold Engineering Development Complex is in high demand for testing.

In order to help meet that demand, AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment, or TOS, contractor, National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, expanded its design engineering staff in 2019 to support capital projects, test programs and the overall AEDC mission. But without the proper tools for the job, new team members would be left spinning their wheels.
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NAS Donates to Local First Responders

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – National Aerospace Solutions said “thank you” recently to local organizations for their assistance with this summer’s NAS Family Picnic.

During the picnic, employees and their families and friends traded donations for a chance to dunk members of the NAS leadership team. Proceeds from the dunk tank were matched by NAS and donated to Coffee County Emergency Medical Services and the Tullahoma Fire Department.
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Replacing decades-old exhauster motors expected to increase reliability, availability for testing base wide

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Exhauster motors near the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Engine Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base are being replaced after being in service since at least 1958.

The motors, referred to as the A and B exhauster motors, have been used to exhaust up to a combined total of 1,100 pounds of air per second during testing.
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Craftsmen keep largest wind tunnels in the world running at peak conditions

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – They are considered indispensable.
Those at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, who observe their contributions every day agree the craftsmen employed there are not only integral to the work at NFAC but play a vital role the Arnold Engineering Development Complex mission as a whole.

“They are essential,” said NFAC Branch Manager Jeff Johnson. “We couldn’t perform this mission without them.”
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Team members’ innovative methods advance test operations for AEDC hypersonic propulsion facility

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Improvements by team members of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (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 rectifiers by enabling it to detect an unsafe condition and restore the rectifier to normal operations, preventing damage to expensive equipment. A rectifier is an electrical device that converts alternating current to direct current.
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