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NEW JET BRAKES TRIED OUT AT BASE.

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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Edwards Air Force Base's runway was used last month for testing carbon brakes for the Boeing 747 jetliner.

The July 8-16 testing demonstrated the performance capability of the wheels and brakes that Honeywell International developed for the Boeing 747-400.

``After we do our developmental testing in our laboratory, the final proof is performed on aircraft, but a testing facility is needed,'' said Paul Getz, Honeywell International aircraft landing systems division program manager. ``Edwards had the best overall facilities for this type of aircraft and for the support that we needed to perform the testing, like an extra long runway and extra wide runway.''

A number of commercial projects are proposed for Edwards, said Don Bustillos, the 412th Test Wing Global Support program manager.

``The benefit to these tests is they're commercial customers providing a resource for the future of flight and aircraft equipment, and they don't conflict with flying schedules here and have little or no impact to the center's resources and the core mission of the center,'' he said.

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A Boeing 747-400 is parked on the runway during the testing of Honeywell International's carbon brakes.

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Date:Aug 13, 2005
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