When you test, you break a few.

| December 24, 2021

The trick is repeating the exact steps to cause the problem, again. Of course, not losing a test asset is always better, and the Air Force is batting .500.

Sent by a MSGT who happens to be my son.

AGM-183A Hypersonic Missile Launch

‘This is why we test’: One win, one setback in recent Eglin AFB-connected weapons tests

Jim Thompson

EGLIN AFB — Two recent weapons tests connected to Eglin Air Force Base produced a mixed record for ongoing Air Force weapons development.

On Dec. 15, the service’s efforts to develop an air-launched hypersonic missile were dealt yet another setback. The next day, however, the in-flight retargeting of a cruise missile was successfully demonstrated over the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the Dec. 15 test of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) — which is being designed to fly at multiple times the speed of sound to give opposing forces little or no time to react — the launch sequence was aborted for unknown reasons and the test vehicle never left the B-52H Stratofortress bomber to which it was attached.

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Somebody forgot to pull the last safety pin before flight.
It’s the one with the orange tag labeled “remove before flight”.


Stores separation looks spicy.


In more than a few of those cases, that pilot gonna be super itchy when it dries.


The smart test process is craw, walk, run, process. I came to the realization that i’ve been doing test activities for over 40 years. I’m starting to feel old.

A friend even older than me was involved with B-52 carried hypersonics being tested at PMTC several years ago.


Used to work with these gents. There are a lot of long videos of stuff like this. One I remember was a stick of bombs dropping from a B52. They banged into each other all the way down.


Mistakes were made. From Wikipedia, “…December 17, 1903, making two flights each from level ground into a freezing headwind gusting to 27 miles per hour (43 km/h). The first flight, by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour…”. We’ve only been at this for 118 years, we’ll get it Wright sooner or later! (I’ll see myself out)


Let he who has NEVER had a “failure to launch” or “negligent discharge” from their “weapon system” throw the FIRST rock.

Good to see that the Airedales are continuing to make improvements to Aerial Artillery Platforms.

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Throw the first rock? Not me.


SO, about $89 million a second? Hope the pilot is good to go.