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AEDC PHOTO # 81-0587

MARINE CORPS HARRIER JUMP JET STORES SEPARATION TESTS were run in 1981 at the Arnold Engineering Development Center. By testing separation of rockets bombs, and fuel tanks (stores) on model aircraft in wind tunnels at AEDC information can be gained to qualify the weapon/aircraft configuration. This saves costly flight testing and sometimes aircraft and crews as stores released in some configurations/flight conditions can be forced by aerodynamic pressures back to the host aircraft causing damage or loss of the aircraft.

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