Top Aerodynamics Engineer Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for an Aerodynamics Engineer. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Aerodynamics Engineer resumes they appeared on. For example, 20.7% of Aerodynamics Engineer resumes contained Computational Fluid Dynamics as a skill. Let's find out what skills an Aerodynamics Engineer actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Aerodynamics Engineer resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Computational Fluid Dynamics

high Demand
Here's how Computational Fluid Dynamics is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Applied computational fluid dynamics to analyze the aerodynamic performance of solar racing vehicles.
  • Performed Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and analyzed results for the F135 military and PW6000 commercial aircraft engines.
  • Performed Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses for the 777 family and 787-8/-3/-9.
  • Received training in the ANSYS CFX5/TURBOGRID, computational fluid dynamics program.
  • Worked on aerodynamic performance and ice accretion analysis using computational fluid dynamics as well as analyzing aircraft performance.
  • Created Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based engineering models of the F-35 main weapons bay.

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2. Wind Tunnel

high Demand
Here's how Wind Tunnel is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Wind tunnel testing: help prepare and conduct missile free-stream and separation wind tunnel tests as test engineer and data analyst.
  • Support various tests including wind tunnel tests and flight tests, including reducing and analyzing the data after the test.
  • Design protocol to analyze and reduce wind tunnel data, obtain and compute static, and dynamic stability derivatives.
  • Conducted X-31 wind tunnel and water tunnel tests and coordinated joint AF/NASA/Navy/Industry high angle of attack research efforts.
  • Managed a team of 30+ engineers to design and build models for tests in various wind tunnels.
  • Set -up anemometer array and performed airflow correlation study in climate wind tunnel.
  • Wind tunnel testing at CALSPAN.
  • Assisted with development of testing requirements; such as wind tunnel, aeroheating/thermal characteristics.
  • Conducted wind tunnel testing of US Navy aircraft, including A-6 Intruder, EF-111, and E-2C Hawkeye.
  • Participated in successful 787-9 and 787-3 tests at the Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel.
  • Wind tunnel test activities - Prepare / follow / analyze the wind tunnel tests dedicated to steady or unsteady phenomena.
  • Attended and post process separation wind tunnel test at NASA Ames, which improved predicted vehicle transonic model.

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3. Tunnel Tests

high Demand
Here's how Tunnel Tests is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Assisted in Wind Tunnel Testing: Provided loads and structures presence for wind tunnel tests, both subsonic and supersonic.
  • Supported the Joint Strike Fighter proposal effort through aerodynamic analysis of wind tunnel tests and database design and development.
  • Prepared for and conducted aircraft and automotive wind tunnel tests and presented results in formal reports.
  • Post process and correct Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP) pressure data from wind tunnel tests.
  • Planned and conducted wind tunnel tests of various air-breathing propulsion components.
  • Participated in pretest planning, test execution and data reduction and analysis on several wind tunnel tests.

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4. Engineering Analysis

high Demand
Here's how Engineering Analysis is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Conduct engineering analysis on sophisticated aircraft components.
  • Identified system issues and risks, perform engineering analysis, recommend solutions and implement plans to resolve system issues and risks.
  • Provided structural engineering analysis support to Lockheed Martin Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services (SOF-CLSS).
  • Created memos that documented and summarized engineering analysis and test results.

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5. Matlab

high Demand
Here's how Matlab is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Expedited and simplified the quotation process for solar water heating systems by accurately representing solar water heating system performance through MATLAB models
  • Developed applications in C++ and MATLAB for validating the algorithmic performance of the computer vision and optical-inertial sensor fusion library.
  • Designed, constructed, and implemented calibration automation software for test equipment utilizing MetCal and MatLab software.
  • Developed and executed MATLAB code for statistics analysis and generate plotting.
  • Performed Electromagnetic Interference calculations using MATLAB.
  • Utilized MATLAB for computational simulations.

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6. FEA

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Here's how FEA is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Re-modeled, examined, added composite layups and did FEA analysis on the 110m blade in SAMCEF field.
  • Conducted extensive analysis utilizing both Finite Element (FEA) and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) software.
  • Needed were new teams for analysis and design, including CFD, FEA, Acoustics, etc.
  • Conducted feasibility analyses for various renewable energy and energy efficiency developments, including combined heat and power and wind turbine assessments.
  • Developed and implemented project feasibility studies and financial justification for the selection and purchase of central office equipment and cabling requirements.
  • Supported MRJ/BA new seal technology for development readiness level by utilizing and calibrating FEA design software specifically for seal analysis.

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7. Nasa

high Demand
Here's how Nasa is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Utilized CFD codes NASA DPLR, LAURA and OVERFLOW and Boeing BCFD and USA.
  • Audited technical documentation related to launch window and trajectory design to meet NASA contract specifications for safety mission requirement constraints.
  • Mentor to Polytechnic University students through NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities
  • Completed Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review with complete concurrence from NASA Engineering.
  • Completed an analysis of active vibration isolation for NASA Space Station experiments.
  • Utilized NASA empirical formulas to determine acoustic field affecting the spacecraft.

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8. Data Analysis

high Demand
Here's how Data Analysis is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Supported SpaceShip 2 wind tunnel test and data analysis.
  • Post flight data analysis - Aircraft system support, and additional performance and handling qualities support.
  • Supported SpaceShip 2 CFD data analysis Supported flight test planning and simulation.
  • Reviewed and deliberated newly engineered combat crafts and recommended future design improvements based on data analysis and visual assessments.
  • Experience included data management, engineering/management support, tracking systems, data analysis, programming and documentation support.
  • Transferred emerging products to manufacturing partners through data analysis, and supported off-shift product monitoring during site start-up.

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9. FAA

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Here's how FAA is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Prepared FAA Upset Maneuver reports to support FAR 25.335 for several Cessna Models.
  • Finalized an approved FAA regulatory flight manual with collected data and test results.
  • Led completion of analysis document used for FAA and Military type certification Active Participant in Flight Test Program for 767-2C/KC-46A.
  • Prepared test plan to conduct a five million dollars flight test for FAA Circular [ ] level-D simulator certification.
  • Achieved FAA Certification of C-130J propulsion system by verifying and validating propulsion performance model with actual mission performance.
  • Write engineering orders, specifications, and authorizations per manufacturer safety bulletins, and FAA airworthiness directives.

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10. Solidworks

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Here's how Solidworks is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Produced 3-dimensional parts and assemblies using SolidWorks based on 2-D layouts of interior profiles from engineers for satellite communications equipment manufacturer.
  • Create product documentation including electronic board layout, SolidWorks drawings, product specifications, and preliminary marketing brochures.
  • Manipulated complex product geometries in SolidWorks to demonstrate design changes that fit within manufacturing constraints.
  • Design, modeling and simulation of equipment for process optimization using SolidWorks and Pro/Engineer.
  • Prepared manufacturing, assembly, and installation drawings using SolidWorks.
  • Design parts and systems including hydraulics and mechanical using SolidWorks.

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11. Launch Vehicle

average Demand
Here's how Launch Vehicle is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Developed hybrid motor sizing tools used in performing hybrid based booster-to-launch vehicle synthesis and in launch vehicle optimization studies.
  • Participated on investigation panels for operational failures of launch vehicles (Challenger and Columbia).
  • Performed launch vehicle trajectory simulations using FASTPASS software.
  • Supported launch vehicle integration activities in French Guyana and launch operations at the INTELSAT operations center.
  • Applied knockdown factors based on flight telemetry resulting in refined predictions of launch vehicle performance.
  • Performed thermal analysis of cryogenic piping systems and launch vehicle reentry.

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12. CAD

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Here's how CAD is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Negotiated/coordinated new face lift for Cadillac 2000 series Bose radio with the customer including updating Customer Requirement Documentation and appearance approvals.
  • Created electrical control circuit wiring diagrams for automation products and in-house manufacturing equipment using AutoCad and manual drawing methods.
  • Gained proficiency in CAD, design control, Chemical compatibility, Geometric dimensions and tolerance, Statistical analysis.
  • Develop and test prototypes in cadaver labs, design refinement and associated documentation.
  • Yielded easier model translations into simulation software effectively using SolidWorks to fix CAD model errors.
  • Designed and developed schematics for electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic circuitry using AutoCAD.

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13. Aerospace

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Here's how Aerospace is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Performed CFD analyses of subsonic to hypersonic aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, aeroloads, aeroheating and propulsion for aerospace vehicles.
  • Volunteered to visit area high schools to promote the aerospace industry and nominated to man company exhibits.

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14. Trade Studies

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Here's how Trade Studies is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Provided analysis support for multiple developmental trade studies comparing production cost and weight vs. impact to airplane performance requirements.
  • Optimized hardware design solutions by conducting trade studies and performing analysis to validate proposed designs.
  • Performed thermal analyses trade studies on different radiator materials and configurations to determine optimum performance and weight.
  • Conducted trade studies and collaborated with designers to optimize material selection and geometric features to remedy design issues and mitigate risks.
  • Conducted analysis of system component designs and full system architecture trade studies.
  • Provided over 25 detailed trade studies and analyses including transient thermal and modal.

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15. Data Reduction

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Here's how Data Reduction is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Developed software to automate the data reduction for engine tests.

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16. Flight Simulation

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Here's how Flight Simulation is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Develop 6-DOF flight simulation data for missiles from mass properties, parameters, & trajectories.

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17. C++

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Here's how C++ is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Used C++ language to program and develop network applications for communication between different offices and for everyday office documentation maintenance.
  • Developed components to extract dispatch interfaces of non-exposed controls inside any windows based application using MS Visual C++.
  • Developed simulation program in C/C++ to study behaviors and performance of various multiprocessor computer systems.
  • Enhanced Caterpillar's service tool by developing high-quality software in C++ using object-oriented design principles.
  • Developed entropy algorithm in C++ for binary entropy analysis.
  • Gained extensive experience with C/C++ embedded application level development.

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18. Fortran

low Demand
Here's how Fortran is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Created and modified performance computer programs (Fortran).
  • Developed FORTRAN missile simulation algorithms.
  • Developed distributed simulations between SUN and SGI workstations using Sockets in a C++ and FORTRAN (with C++ wrapper) environment.
  • Co-authored a FORTRAN software application to approximate aerodynamic loads using wind tunnel test data and fluid dynamics theory.
  • Ported propulsion installation code from mainframe Fortran simulation model to UNIX based simulation model, providing cost-savings of $300,000/year.
  • Steered conversion of existing Fortran programs to Excel/VBA format, enabling simplified input/output of data.

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19. Structural Analysis

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Here's how Structural Analysis is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Led a structural analysis team substantiating FAR Part 25 certification requirements for design modifications within a composite technology development program
  • Performed finite element structural analysis in considering complex loading phenomena associated with major piping ruptures.
  • Assured the integrity of supplier structural analysis of aircraft electronic surveillance equipment.
  • Performed structural analysis and design support for major airborne laser system components.
  • Performed static structural analysis for Sikorsky helicopter parts and generated reports documenting analysis
  • Prepare technical document and detailed design reports on the structural analysis performed.

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20. Design Changes

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Here's how Design Changes is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Incorporated corporate Lessons Learned into design of Mechanical Systems, initiated Corrective Actions and design changes.
  • Employed finite element analysis, hand calculations and similarity for analysis and proposed design changes.
  • Performed engineering design analysis and coordinated design changes to responsible systems.
  • Post-processed results and performed iterative design changes.
  • Assigned as sub-lead, organized meetings, addressed customer requests, implemented procedures and guidelines, proposed design changes.
  • Update various unit Finite Element models to reflect design changes, and update analysis summary.

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21. Data Processing

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Here's how Data Processing is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Created wind tunnel test plan, conducted testing and data processing, and completed test reports.

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22. Hvac

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Here's how Hvac is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Led HVAC, Engine cooling and Aerodynamic design and validation.
  • Performed CFD analysis of HVAC m odule to optimize airflow distribution and temperature stratification, windshield defrosting and vehicle climate control.
  • Study energy efficiency of commercial and residential building HVAC systems.
  • Performed preventive maintenance and servicing HVAC and Refrigeration equipment.
  • Managed HVAC retro-commissioning program to optimize facility energy use.
  • Designed HVAC systems for paper manufacturing facilities.

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23. Customer Requirements

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Here's how Customer Requirements is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Optimized simulated trajectories for range to satisfy customer requirements.
  • Derived solar array system design requirements from customer requirements, satellite system requirements, and other government/internal design standards.
  • Developed acceptance test procedures for sensors and hardware based on specifications derived from customer requirements.
  • Performed Pretest Planning and defined Data Reduction Procedures to accommodate customer requirements.
  • Authored test plans in accordance with customer requirements and Military standards.
  • Developed code using LabView software to meet internal customer requirements.

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24. Design Optimization

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Here's how Design Optimization is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Perform design optimization of turbocharger radial turbine stage components for Garrett AVNT and DAVNT applications.
  • Completed Parametric design optimization studies to evaluate bolting preloads and sizes under complex thermal mechanical and electromagnetic loads.
  • Design optimization of locomotive underframe structure.
  • Design optimization of the brake reservoir tank bracket using FEA modeling through Hypermesh and FEA analysis using Ansys.

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25. Perl

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Here's how Perl is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Maintained electronic database ensuring hundreds of repairable and consumable items were in stock and maintenance that was performed was documented properly.
  • Establish confidence in production processes by demonstrating that all customer design records and specification requirements are properly understood and produced.
  • Cataloged inspected covers and returned flawed, damaged, and/or improperly constructed covers to the manufacturer.
  • Provided liaison between system engineers and hardware and software design engineers to properly implement captured requirements.
  • Developed Application Health Monitoring scripts using Shell and Perl for Tomcat Clustered & Non-Clustered environments.
  • Repaired and rebuild systems and equipment to ensure they functioned properly, safely and economically.

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26. Motorsports

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Here's how Motorsports is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Operate and Manage the Motorsports 3D printer division autonomously, including part creation and delivery, maintenance, upkeep and budgeting.

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27. Analysis Tools

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Here's how Analysis Tools is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Analyze and review data to ensure that hardware is operating as expected utilizing numerical data analysis tools to interpret test results.
  • Implemented a repository and configuration control strategy for analysis tools and results.
  • Mentored new engineers on fuel system, analysis tools and business processes to speed up new job learning curve.
  • Developed the analysis tools for sizing, predicting performance, propellant loading, and evaluating propulsion systems and components.
  • Utilize system schematics, drawings, technical documentation, wire diagrams and production line engine as analysis tools.
  • Utilized analysis tools to assess vehicles for stress, strength, buckling, and fatigue damage.

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28. Business Development Department

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Here's how Business Development Department is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Assessed and presented results to the Business Development Department along with any assumptions or risks.

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29. Python

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Here's how Python is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Authored hundreds of python utilities to integrate various tasks and software packages into a highly automated asset management pipeline.
  • Implemented Python Scripts for generating detail configuration reports on distributed scale-up scale-out server Nodes for converged server systems.
  • Increased data acquisition efficiency by developing scripts in Linux and Python for thermal experimentation and design validation testing.
  • Developed Python scripts to help automate migration of applications and also monitor application health during this migration.
  • Programmed Customer Inventory Report views with customized inventory listings generated from the Python back-end system.
  • Developed network resiliency for session border controller with Python to dynamically re-route packets.

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30. C-130

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Here's how C-130 is used in Aerodynamics Engineer jobs:
  • Design Engineer responsible for the layout and detail design of primary mission equipment integrated into the C-130 Shadow Harvest platform.
  • Carried out Loads System Checkout for various customers of C-130 aircraft using Lockheed in-house DaDT codes and load spectra.
  • Designed lightweight structural solutions for the C-130J Super Hercules Cargo Lifter and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
  • Used FEM to compute Stress/Load ratios at different analysis points on C-130 wings for DaDT analysis.
  • Developed maneuver and ground loads for the C-130J using 3690 and UNIX based programs.
  • Modified the engine HMU model from a C-130 Allison T-56-A-15 engine.

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20 Most Common Skill for an Aerodynamics Engineer

Computational Fluid Dynamics23.3%
Wind Tunnel20.9%
Tunnel Tests9.6%
Engineering Analysis7.2%
Matlab3.2%
FEA3.2%
Nasa3.2%
Data Analysis3.2%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For An Aerodynamics Engineer

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
20.7%
20.7%
2
2
Wind Tunnel
Wind Tunnel
18.6%
18.6%
3
3
Tunnel Tests
Tunnel Tests
8.6%
8.6%
4
4
Engineering Analysis
Engineering Analysis
6.4%
6.4%
5
5
Matlab
Matlab
2.9%
2.9%
6
6
FEA
FEA
2.9%
2.9%
7
7
Nasa
Nasa
2.9%
2.9%
8
8
Data Analysis
Data Analysis
2.9%
2.9%
9
9
FAA
FAA
2.5%
2.5%
10
10
Solidworks
Solidworks
2.5%
2.5%
11
11
Launch Vehicle
Launch Vehicle
2.5%
2.5%
12
12
CAD
CAD
2.1%
2.1%
13
13
Aerospace
Aerospace
1.8%
1.8%
14
14
Trade Studies
Trade Studies
1.8%
1.8%
15
15
Data Reduction
Data Reduction
1.8%
1.8%
16
16
Flight Simulation
Flight Simulation
1.8%
1.8%
17
17
C++
C++
1.8%
1.8%
18
18
Fortran
Fortran
1.8%
1.8%
19
19
Structural Analysis
Structural Analysis
1.4%
1.4%
20
20
Design Changes
Design Changes
1.4%
1.4%
21
21
Data Processing
Data Processing
1.4%
1.4%
22
22
Hvac
Hvac
1.1%
1.1%
23
23
Customer Requirements
Customer Requirements
1.1%
1.1%
24
24
Design Optimization
Design Optimization
1.1%
1.1%
25
25
Perl
Perl
1.1%
1.1%
26
26
Motorsports
Motorsports
1.1%
1.1%
27
27
Analysis Tools
Analysis Tools
1.1%
1.1%
28
28
Business Development Department
Business Development Department
1.1%
1.1%
29
29
Python
Python
1.1%
1.1%
30
30
C-130
C-130
1.1%
1.1%

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