Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment

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Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment

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  • Centre d’essais techniques (Aérospatiale)

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  • Canada. Canadian Armed Forces. Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment

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The Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) was formed on May 4, 1967, bringing together the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment (CEPE) and various other Canadian Forces testing and proving establishments and units. Its components included the Air Armament Evaluation Detachment (AAED) which became 448 Test Squadron, Experimental Squadron 10 at CFB Shearwater and 129 Test and Ferry Flight at CFB Trenton. AETE was consolidated at Cold Lake in 1971. According to the AETE Handbook, its role was "to provide aerospace flight test services, flight test expertise, and general engineering services for the Canadian Forces" (Library and Archives Canada).


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A. Torrance, 2018-03-13.




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