Jack Reed

Hurricane Mesa Test Facility Manager

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Meet Lois: She’s ridden in more than 250 cockpit sleds at speeds as high as Mach 1 - And she’s still going

Posted by Jack Reed on Sep 17, 2018 10:39:00 AM

There’s only one thing on the horizon when you’re driving toward Zion National Park from St. George, in southwestern Utah, a formidable mass rising from the flat landscape known as Hurricane Mesa. It is capped by the only private supersonic-capable aircraft ejection test track in the United States, owned and operated by UTC Aerospace Systems. It’s here where LOIS has worked the test track for decades, along with LARD and their grandfather “Hurricane Sam,” who set a world land-speed record of 1,800 miles per hour at the site. Of course LOIS, LARD, and Sam are anthropomorphic test dummies whose main objective is to simulate human ejections from an aircraft at various speeds and record test data through a series of high-precision sensors.

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Topics: Performance, Safety, Experience

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