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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The X-1 rocket plane program wound up at Edwards, then known as Muroc Army Airfield, because of its remote location and its clear flying weather - visibility of 50 miles being common.
The X-1 rocket plane program came to Edwards, then known as Muroc Army Airfield, because of its relatively remote location at the edge of the Mojave Desert and its clear flying weather - visibility of 50 miles being common.