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December 28, 2023

Freezing Its Tailfeathers Off... Red Hawk Readies For Climate Chamber Testing

Conditions Consist Of Minus 25 Degrees Fahrenheit And Up To 110 Degrees Sustained Temperatures

The Air Force’s new bird of prey, the T-7 Red Hawk, arrived at Eglin Air Force Base Dec. 15 to begin a series of climate testing at Eglin AFB’s McKinley Climatic Lab. The purpose of the testing is to verify the T-7A’s system functionality while operating in extreme environmental conditions. Among others, those conditions consist of minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 110 degrees sustained temperatures. The climatic chamber testing will evaluate the aircraft system’s performance including propulsion, hydraulic, fuel, electrical, secondary power, environmental control, and overall operations. 

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Thunderbirds To Headline Massive 2025 Tinker Air Show

The 2023 Tinker Air Show Drew An Estimated 301,000 People

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform at the massive annual Tinker Air Force Base Air Show June 28-29, 2025. The announcement was made several days back during the 2023 ICAS Convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, three civilians and more than 130 enlisted personnel performing in 25 career fields. It was 2014 when the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds last captivated audiences in the sky at the then named ‘Star Spangled Air Show’ at Tinker. 

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