The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where the world’s most legendary, critical and emerging military aircraft technologies converge, and where you can play a critical role in the developmental testing and evaluation of all aircraft, weapon systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation within the Air Force.
Established in 1951, AFTC is a unit within the larger Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). We are responsible for ensuring that current and future airmen have the proven, effective equipment necessary to complete their mission. Comprised of three operating locations – the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, the 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB and the Arnold Engineering Development Center at Arnold AFB – AFTC is a “center of excellence” in the research, development, test and evaluation of aerospace and weapon systems for the United States and our allies.
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, AFTC continues to be the proving ground for military aviation.
We work on things that most people only dream about – the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Airborne Laser, scramjet technology and future flight advances yet to be seen are being tested and refined today, this very minute – at AFTC locations around the nation. It’s the knowledge, experience and diversity of our highly skilled workforce that ensures that Air Force systems stay well ahead of the ever-increasing pace of technological change and allows U.S. fighting forces and allies to operate with the most combat-ready systems possible.