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Beneath its frozen shroud is the sleek shape of an old Phantom war jet.
The F-4E Phantom fighter stands in the climatic chamber of a £30million aerospace test centre in Seosan, South Korea.
Largely secret, the facility's doors were thrown open so South Korea could show off its advanced technology.
Originally posted by bodrul
why would they need to test this to the extreme like that?
The aircraft is subjected to all manner of weather extremes in a battery of separate tests. The individual trials range from cold soaking the aircraft at minus sixty-five-degree cold before “warming” it to minus forty degrees; to a buildup of eight inches of snow, which at about twenty pounds of weight per square foot over the approximately 1,000 square feet of surface area on the Raptor results in a load of 20,000 pounds on the top of the aircraft; to a wind-blown snow at approximately forty-four feet per second. And that’s just the cold stuff.