EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 15, 2006 – The Global Vigilance Combined Test Force's 452nd Flight Test Squadron achieved an important milestone by completing wet runway taxi testing on the Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle May 3. This was the first ever wet runway testing performed on an unmanned aircraft.
The purpose of this test was to gather braking performance data on a wet runway and compare it to the existing dry runway data, evaluating many factors.
"This work is significant for two reasons," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andy Thurling, 452nd Flight Test Squadron operations officer. "We have validated that our anti-skid braking is functioning properly on wet runways, but more importantly, we will use the data collected to provide pilots with braking performance information that they can use to decide whether or not a Global Hawk can land and stop safely on a runway when it's wet.