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McKinley Climatic Laboratory Looks Like a Warehouse, But It’s Used to Freeze Fighter Jets to -40F

McKinley Climatic Laboratory

The McKinley Climatic Laboratory is both an active laboratory and a historic site located in Building 440 on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The main chamber was constructed to hold aircraft as large a B-29, its size also fitting the larger Convair B-36 Peacemaker. It now has 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) working area. This allows it to test aircraft as large as a C-5A. Under hot conditions, it can achieve 165°F. The All-Weather Room has a temperature range from -80°F to 170°F. Rainfall can be as high as 15 inches (380 mm) per hour and the wind can be as high as 60 knots (31 m/s). Snow can also be made in the chamber. The Temperature-Altitude Chamber can simulate altitudes up to 80,000 feet, and range in temperature range from -80°F to 140°F. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a molten metal squirt gun.

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Steve Stiles is a retired computer professional. He has worked in the computer field since before the internet and the TRS-80. He has always loved technology, has served his country in USAF and there after worked for several high tech companies such as Singer Link Flight Simulation, Digital Equipment, KLA Instruments and Nine Mile Nuclear Power Station.

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