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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AFMC We Need teams completed focus groups at Edwards AFB, California, Hill AFB, Utah, and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 29-Aug.
Approximately 50 percent of Sailor maintainers from the Grim Reapers will remain in the F-35C community either at NAS Lemoore with VFA-125 or VFA-147, or at VX-9 at Edwards AFB, California.
There are nearly 200 F119-powered F-22 Raptors currently in service with the US Air Force, operating from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Edwards AFB, California; Nellis AFB, Nevada; Tyndall AFB, Florida; Joint Base Pearl Harbor--Hickam, Hawaii; and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
* The 461st Flight Test Squadron and 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards AFB, California.
After completing pilot training, Roosa flew various fighter aircraft such as the F-84F Thunderstreak, F-100D Super Sabre, and F-101 Voodoo before being chosen as a member of the Aerospace Research Pilot School's Class 64C at Edwards AFB, California. After his certification as a test pilot, Roosa managed the Air Force's flight-test program, highlighting himself as a leading candidate for the "Group 5" astronaut selection board.
Air Force Geophysics Research Directorate at Edwards AFB, California, from 1958 to 1964.
It first flew in June 2012, but on landing broke through the surface of the salt lakebed at Edwards AFB, California, and damaged the landing gear, belly and wingtips.
The 100th flight was logged at Edwards AFB, California, on October 30, on the aircraft's eighth flight as the X-48C.
In September, Phantom Eye will move to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California, to begin a series of ground and taxi tests in preparation for its maiden flight in the first quarter of 2011.
On June 8, 1959, North American Aviation test pilot Scott Crossfield piloted the fifty-foot X-15 on its first glide flight landing on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB, California. The X-15 was dropped from under the wing of a B-52 bomber at 38,000 feet over Edwards.
The Reserve aircrew from Hill Air Force Base [AFB], Utah and an active-duty loadmaster from Edwards AFB, California picked the plane up in Waco, Texas with their Polish counterparts after its refurbishment and flew it across the Atlantic, stopping at Ramstein Air Base.