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Scientist: Proving Ground. Air Force Test Center

Putting the future
through its paces.

Renowned for the legendary and iconic aircraft that have passed the test and made their mark in history. Likewise, for the heroic test pilots who have helped usher in today’s awesome fighter jets.

Air Force Testing Center (AFTC) has served as the proving ground for the weapons systems, for the munitions, the computer hardware and software, the communications systems, and of course, for the incredible aircraft that assure the U.S. Air Force maintains its dominance and superiority.

Throughout its history, AFTC has tested and supported the development of virtually every aircraft, weapon system, and component the Air Force has ever put in the air, on an aircraft, or in an aircraft.

From the early test flights of the jet-propelled XP-59A and breakthroughs in hypersonic propulsion, to unmanned aerial systems like the X-33 and advanced “smart” weaponry of today such as the Small Diameter Bomb, JDAM, and MOAB.

As the premier aviation test center in the world, AFTC continues its role in the research, development, modeling, testing, and evaluation of aerospace and weapon systems for the United States and our allies.

Munitions: Mother of All Bombs
Munitions ready for testing
F-22 dropping a bomb
Historic photo of test pilots
Scram Jet X-51 Wave Rider in flight

We work on things that most people only dream about—the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Airborne Laser, scramjet technology, and yet to be seen advances in flight—are being tested and refined today at AFTC locations around the nation.

It’s the knowledge, experience, and diversity of our highly skilled engineers, scientists, and program managers that ensures Air Force systems stay at the leading edge of technological change and important advances that allows U.S. fighting forces and allies to operate with the most advanced combat-ready systems possible.

AFTC is part of the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS). That’s the indispensable force that provide the brain power and manpower that keep the Air Force ready for action.

At 180,000 strong we at AFCS are a force to be reckoned with. We fill positions in over 600 different occupations. Dedicated and confident, we work shoulder to shoulder with Airmen around the country and around the world, committed to the vital Air Force mission in air, space, and cyberspace. Together we are ... Forces. Joined.

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