AEDC H2 Arc Heater team validating new test capability

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – To meet development and testing needs for long-range strike and hypersonic vehicle materials, the H2 Arc Heater at AEDC has been upgraded, with checkouts being performed recently to ensure the modifications were successful. According to Harry Clark, AEDC senior engineer with the Strategic Plans and Test Facility Requirements, this project, known as the Mid-Pressure Arc Heater Prototype project or MPAH, has been a risk reduction effort that supports the Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP) project upgrading the H2 arc-jet test capability.
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NAS focusing on safety in the New Year Kicks off the Safety Condition Campaign for 2017

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Returning back to work after the holidays, NAS leadership wants to remind its employees the importance of safety in all that we do as we carry out the AEDC mission.

Safety Refresher sessions for all NAS employees were held base wide on Jan. 3. The items covered included being prepared and taking necessary precautions during winter weather, knowing hazards and controls and ensuring that we take into account safety before and while completing work tasks.
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NAS NFAC team members donate to United Way

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Jeff Johnson (left), NAS Branch Manager at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, along with Christine Taylor (center), NAS NFAC United Way employee campaign coordinator, present a check for $2,000 from NAS to Dan Aldrich of United Way Bay Area Dec. 15, 2016. The donation was part of the NAS United Way campaign at all three AEDC operating locations – Tennessee, California and Maryland. (NAS Photo by Adam Tupis)

Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 NAS team members donate to United Way

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – National Aerospace Solutions employees Steve Taylor, left, and Carol Paschall, right, at the Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, present a check for $2,000 from NAS to the United Way of the National Capitol Area representative Levina Kim. NAS conducted the United Way employee campaign at its three operating locations in Tennessee, California and Maryland. (U.S. Air Force photo/A.J. Spicer)

AEDC is ‘a key testing resource’ for GE Aviation

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Altitude performance and operability testing of the General Electric Passport 20 engine, used in the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets, was recently completed in an engine test cell at Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

According to Ben Frisby, Passport 20 evaluation and test program leader for GE Aviation, the testing was successful and “helped drive improvements into the engine.”
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NAS awards presented at All-Hands meetings

NAS leadership awarded several employees for their outstanding performance during the All-Hands meetings held Nov. 9-10 at University of Tennessee Space Institute. Ashley Clark was presented an award for developing a maintenance optimization approach for welding preventative maintenance, which resulted in a cost savings of $20,000. (NAS Photo by Jacqueline Cowan)

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Ray McCoy pens book to share experiences of local WWII veteran

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – After hearing that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor, Del Garforth, who was only 17 years old, begged his mother’s permission to sign for him to join the Navy.

Garforth’s mother gave in to the request, and not only did he survive the war, but he is still alive today to tell of his experiences during World War II. His stories are ones which Ray McCoy, who works in Workforce Qualifications at AEDC, spent years writing down so he could then share them with other history-enthusiasts.
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Brumley ‘home for the holidays’ after deployment and retirement

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – After a final deployment in Qatar, which ended Nov. 5, AEDC outside machinist Eric Brumley will spend more holidays with his family for years to come.

“It is a blessing to be home for the holidays,” he said. “The best part is I will always be home for the holidays from now on.”
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AEDC testing to validate newly redesigned components of the TF33 Pratt & Whitney engine

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Testing of the TF33 Pratt & Whitney engine is being conducted at AEDC to verify and validate newly redesigned components of the engine.

The TF33 has powered several different military airframes, including the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System and the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.
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