The Air Force Research Laboratory and Lockheed Martin have completed about 200 hours of wind tunnel testing on a next-generation tanker concept model. Using Lockheed’s Marietta, Ga., facilities, engineers collected some two weeks’ worth of aerodynamic data as they placed “tanker equipment” in various locations—such as on the centerline or as a wing-tip pod—to determine lift and drag and compatibility with advanced platforms. AFRL is collaborating with both Lockheed and Boeing in developing a future concept.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.