Photo:McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola
Northwest Florida Roundup
Fire and ice: An Eglin test lab subjects vehicles to extreme temperatures
Inside a chamber at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola, several Ford trucks have been idling for three weeks in minus-40 degree temperatures to test how they hold up to extreme cold.
The Ford test is just one of many civilian and military investigations conducted at McKinley, the world’s largest climatic test facility. McKinley's 55,000-sq.-ft. main chamber can produce temperatures ranging from a high of 170 degrees to 80 degrees below zero and can accommodate aircraft as large as the C-5A Galaxy and Boeing 787.
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