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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USAF photo) A B-52 Stratofortress accelerates down the runway at Edwards AFB, CA, December 15 during take-off far a flight-test Hussion using a blend of 'synthetic fuel and JP-8 in all eight engines.
Ealier in March, the B-I bomber Combined Test Force successfully accomplished the first B-I bomber J ASSM jettison test at Edwards AFB, CA.
After taking off from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, CA, the second X-45A flew for 29 minutes, reaching an airspeed of 195 knots and an altitude of 7,500 feet.
Two flight tests held November at the US Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards AFB, CA, have confirmed the first successful operation of a German electronic-intelligence (ELINT) sensor onboard the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of ongoing risk-reduction efforts to prepare UAV for deployment to Germany this spring.
successfully completed testing in the Benefield Anechoic Facility at Edwards AFB, CA.
The FINDER conducted a 25-minute pre-programmed mission before control was passed from the Predator's ground-control station to a flight technician, who landed FINDER on a dry lake bed at Edwards AFB, CA.
While the company acknowledges there have been stumbles along the way, flight tests of the -55 decoy body are continuing at Edwards AFB, CA, and have demonstrated nine successful deployments since the latest round of flight tests began in May, according to John Nylis, BAE Systems' IDECM program manager.
Carlsbad, CA), will enhance the Joint Communications Simulator (ICS) and Link-16 Terminal Simulator at Edwards AFB, CA.
Development began in June 1998, and flight-testing is currently under way at Edwards AFB, CA.
The long-distance UAV champ currently is a Northrop Grumman (San Diego, CA) Global Hawk, which last April few the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Edwards AFB, CA, to Edinburgh RAAF Base (Adelaide.
The Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, CA, and the development teams are reviewing the test results.
The Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator (AFEWES), is an internationally-recognized Electronic Warfare T&E laboratory, owned and managed by 412TW, Edwards AFB, CA, which evaluates and refines the effectiveness of Electronic Combat devices that protect DoD and Allied aircraft in combat.