Arnold Engineering Development Center


The Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) is the nation's most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities. The 58 test facilities include aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, ballistic ranges, and more. Twenty-seven of the test units are unique in the U.S., while 14 are unmatched anywhere in the world. The facilities can simulate flight conditions from sea level to altitudes around 300 miles and from subsonic velocities to well over Mach 20. The Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility is an International Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:At the end of WW II, General Henry H. (Hap) Arnold sent a team of experts to Europe to learn how the Germans had made such rapid advances in rocket propulsion. The team toured German sonic and hypersonic wind tunnels and a jet aircraft engine test facility. Key parts of these facilities were later shipped to the U.S. and installed at the AEDC.
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