Edwards Air Force Base

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Edwards Air Force Base,

U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. The base houses the Air Force Flight Test Center, which researches and develops aerospace weapons and rocket-propulsion systems, and the National Aeronautical and Space Administration's Flight Research Center. The base is also the proving ground for military aircraft. It was the landing point for a number of space shuttle missions; on Sept. 5, 1983, the Challenger made the first nighttime landing of a spacecraft there.
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Initially painted a brilliant red, the first Skystreak completed its maiden flight at Muroc Army Air Field, California, on April 14, 1947.
Hope and his troupe visited Edwards - then named Muroc Army Air Field - at least twice during World War II, drawing big crowds to the base gymnasium and later the new base theater, Edwards historian Raymond Puffer said.
The building on 50th Street West south of Avenue L-14 was built just after World War II by a soldier from Muroc Army Air Field - now Edwards Air Force Base - using scrap lumber, Cripe said.
In 1942, the XP-59A Airacomet, America's first jet aircraft, was tested in secret at Edwards, then a tiny, isolated gunnery range known as Muroc Army Air Field.