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846th Test Squadron

846th Test Squadron

The most well known facility under the direction of the group is the Holloman High Speed Test Track, operated by the 846th Test Squadron, which became operational in 1950. Since that time, the track has become the longest, most precisely surveyed, most accurately aligned and best instrumented test track in the world. 

The track first attracted worldwide attention in 1954 when Col. John P. Stapp rode a rocket sled at 632 miles per hour to become the “fastest man on earth.” Today, speeds of more than 6,000 miles per hour have been achieved. The 846th has recently completed their hypersonic upgrade program allowing the testing of large payloads at speeds up to 6,400 miles per hour. The 846th is also testing a magnetic levitation capability that reduces test vibration, allowing for an increased number of flight representative tests. 

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