• Priscilla Guerrero holds her son, 11-month-old Christian, in the cockpit of a helicopter on display at the Aviation Technical Test Center open house May 14 at the Redstone Airfield. Armando Guerrero, a contractor for Air Traffic Command, brought his young family to the open house.

    First Flight

    Priscilla Guerrero holds her son, 11-month-old Christian, in the cockpit of a helicopter on display at the Aviation Technical Test Center open house May 14 at the Redstone Airfield. Armando Guerrero, a contractor for Air Traffic Command, brought his...

  • Gary Dean, an ATTC pilot with the AH-64D Apache Long Bow helicopter, explains the controls of the Apache to Ryan Gregory, foreground, and Kyle Centers, background. Centers works for the Aviation Engineering Directorate.

    Cockpit Wonders

    Gary Dean, an ATTC pilot with the AH-64D Apache Long Bow helicopter, explains the controls of the Apache to Ryan Gregory, foreground, and Kyle Centers, background. Centers works for the Aviation Engineering Directorate.

  • While the adults enjoy learning about the special features of the Chinook helicopter, 2-year-old Raquel Ortiz, sitting, and 20-month-old Hayden Callaway strike up a playful friendship along the bench seats where Soldiers often sit when transported to and from their destination. Raquel attended the ATTC open house with her father, ATTC contractor Harold Ortiz. Hayden attended with her grandparents, Ruth Maki, who is retired from the former Air-to-Ground Missile Systems Project Office, and Sam Maki. Her mom is Ruth Callaway, who works in the Foreign Disclosure Office.

    Helicopter Playground

    While the adults enjoy learning about the special features of the Chinook helicopter, 2-year-old Raquel Ortiz, sitting, and 20-month-old Hayden Callaway strike up a playful friendship along the bench seats where Soldiers often sit when transported to...

  • About a dozen helicopters and fixed wing aircraft sit on the tarmac in preparation for a close-up inspection by visitors during the Aviation Technical Test CenterAca,!a,,cs open house May 14. The Apache Long Bow was a favorite among the visitors.

    Ground View

    About a dozen helicopters and fixed wing aircraft sit on the tarmac in preparation for a close-up inspection by visitors during the Aviation Technical Test CenterAca,!a,,cs open house May 14. The Apache Long Bow was a favorite among the visitors.

Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were the hot commodities at the Aviation Technical Test Center's second annual open house May 14.

The event was open to anyone who can gain access to Redstone Arsenal and who has an interest in the growing footprint of Army aviation on the Arsenal. Both Department of Defense and NASA employees attended the event.

Visitors to the open house were given plenty of opportunities to experience about a dozen aircraft up close. They were allowed to sit in the cockpits, climb in the cargo hulls and touch all areas of the aircraft. Pilots and flight crews were on hand to answer questions.

Among the favorites were the Chinook, Apache Long Bow and Kiowa Warrior helicopters. One Chinook on display was equipped with the innovative icing system that ATTC uses in developmental testing flights to analyze the effects ice have on aircraft. The Arsenal fire department was also on hand with a fire truck especially equipped to handle airfield emergencies.

The open house included a presentation that provided an overview of the growth of the Aviation Technical Test Center at Redstone Arsenal, its mission and capabilities, and its customers. ATTC is relocating from Fort Rucker to Redstone Arsenal, with completion of the move set for 2011.

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