Testing Combat Aircraft to Withstand A Blizzard

Take a look inside the US Air Force’s McKinley Climatic Lab at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, a 55,000 sq-ft facility, where testing environments ranging from temperatures -70 to +180 degrees Fahrenheit.

The giant testing facility was built in 1947, to take cold-weather aircraft testing in Alaska like environment.



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Lockheed Martin Air System Climatic Test Coordinator Vic Rodriguez talks about taking the F-35 through near-tropical storm conditions inside the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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