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F-35 flight test sample size

News of the completion of the F-35 test program has been widely published. One sentence in the public release stands out: “The developmental flight test team completed 183 Weapon Separation Tests; 46 Weapons Delivery Accuracy tests.” Forty-six is certainly not a large sample, and if one considers the vast number of variations of weapons and […]

flight test orange

By Bob Piwarzyk, Society of Flight Test Engineers Reprinted from Flight Test News, January 1977 Curious about the origins of an industry-wide tradition, I began asking several old timers; “Why Orange?” The path led to my old friend, Bob Cundiff, who a couple of sources said “had something to do with it,” and obtained the […]

Tubitak Sage

Dr. Ahmet Sertaç SUNAY is the Senior Researcher and Head of Test and Evaluation Division, TÜBİTAK Defense Industries Research and Development Institute, also known as TÜBİTAK SAGE.  For two years now, Turkey has organized the Stores Certification and Weapons Conference, pictured below.  Dr Sunay sent these patches, logos, and photos to showcase all that our […]