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  • Base commander incorporates humor into quarterly call

    "Let me start by saying 'thank you' for everything you do," said Col. Colleen Ryan, 88th Air Base Wing commander, at her first Commander's Call of the new fiscal year. "Everyday I hear about the great support being provided by the wing and for that I thank you." Punctuated by a collection of humorous video clips and a visit by a gentleman with a
  • AFRL-Funded Researchers Aid Military Efforts With 3-D Models of Urban Environments

    An AFRL-funded research team at the University of California at Berkeley devised a novel methodology for building three-dimensional (3-D) models of urban environments in a fast, scalable, and automated way. The scans provide photorealistic renderings that enable virtual walk-, drive-, and fly-throughs. The new approach involves creating a digital
  • AFRL-Funded Researchers Identify Coherent Structures in Turbulent Airflow

    An AFRL-funded team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., is working to detect and predict structures that create clear-air turbulence. The team's objective is to understand and forecast the atmospheric structures that underlie the airflow associated with the phenomenon. The researchers use nonlinear mathematical and
  • AFRL Technology Improves Firefighting Vehicles

    AFRL engineers developed a revolutionary new firefighting technology that will pave the way for a new generation of smaller, leaner, air-transportable fire trucks. The basis of the technology is a system for delivering ultra-high-pressure (UHP) agents to combat aircraft fuel fires--a capability that reduces the amount of water and foam needed to
  • AFRL Researchers Perform C-130 Functional Tip Tank Tests

    AFRL worked in conjunction with Snow Aviation to perform tests on a modified C-130E aircraft fitted with functional tip tanks, eight-bladed NP2000 propellers, and extended dorsal and rudder surfaces. During the testing, which involved multiple flights, researchers measured tip tank impact on stall speed, minimum controllable air and ground speeds,
  • AFRL leader receives Defense Distinguished Civilian Award

    The Air Force Research Laboratory's Dr. William U. Borger has earned the elite Defense Distinguished Civilian Award. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Mr. Gordon England, presented the award to Dr. Borger Nov. 7, at a ceremony held at the Pentagon. This award is the highest honor given by the Secretary of Defense to career civilian personnel. It is
  • Bldg. 20055 remediation to begin Monday

    Members of the 88th Air Base Wing's Environmental Management Division of Civil Engineering will begin work Monday to clean out residual solvent left in the soil beneath bldg. 20055 in Area B. Building 20055, which dates back to World War II, once housed the second human test centrifuge of the Aeromedical Research Laboratory, established in 1935.
  • AFRL completes testing of CMC aft fairing heat shield subcomponents

    The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate here, under a Dual Use Science and Technology program with Boeing Company, has successfully completed design and the first steps of testing an oxide-oxide ceramic matrix composite material for use as aft fairing heat shields on military and commercial aircraft. "High
  • Engineers test actively cooled CMC Panels for rocket and scramjet engines

    Researchers have successfully completed environmental testing on actively cooled ceramic matrix composite panels in both rocket and scramjet rigs, proving that the materials have the durability necessary for these extreme environments. The ceramic matrix composite (CMC) testing, directed by Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and