Sunday, April 21, 2013

At Amazing Speed and Temperature

I led test programs for the F-22 and the C-130J
by Robert T.

I had the extreme pleasure of leading two unique test programs in the mid- to late-1990s. I’d like to share about two of them. We ran escape system tests (canopy jettison and ejection seat) on the F-22 at 600 knots on the rocket sled track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The test covered about seven miles of the track, and the dummy survived. We also ran extreme temperature tests on the C-130J at the climatic lab at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. We tested cold to -65 degrees Fahrenheit and hot to +120 degrees Fahrenheit with solar added. Mechanics changed a fuel pump in the wing at -40 degrees and thought it was warm! By the way, flight testing C-130Js, C-5s and P-3s wasn't too shabby either!