Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett is briefed by Sami Labban at the Landing Gear Test Facility, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, April 21, 2020. Engineers at the facility have developed a new, one-of-a-kind test capability that can identify, characterize, and classify tire wear under realistic operational conditions – saving thousands per tire over the life cycle (U.S. Air Force photo by Ty Greenlees).
May 12, 2020 | SOURCE: U.S. Air Force, Marisa Alia-Novobilski, 12 May 2020

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH (AFNS) -- The ability of an aircraft’s tires to endure a landing at high speeds is critical to an Air Force pilot returning to land following an operational flight.

However, predicting aircraft tire wear is a complex, time-intensive phenomenon, highly dependent on multiple variables. Historically, testers focused on the structural integrity of a tire prior to fielding and use. The ability to quickly and accurately predict tire wear remained a challenge across the logistics community – until now.



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