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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During a four-hour sortie from Edwards AFB, California, the tanker, known in RAAF service as the KC-30A, conducted 59 contacts including five wet contacts during which 19,600kg (43,200lb) of fuel were passed.
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.
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 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.
Pacific time in the crash of an F-22 aircraft flying on a test mission from Edwards AFB, California.
During a 28 August test flight, an F-22 from the USAF's 411th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, California received the traditional/synthetic fuel mix from a Boeing KC-135 tanker.
He does little to "blow his own horn" on the work he did in support of flight testing at Edwards AFB, California, and one gets the mistaken impression of a lightweight in the flight-test community, relegated to flying aircraft that were not the most glamorous--or merely chasing the ones that were.
Boeing's first 747-400LCF (Large Cargo Freighter) Dreamlifter large cargo aircraft has flown to Edwards AFB, California, marking the closing phases of its test and certification phase before the start of full-time subassembly delivery flights for the 787 production line.
Lockheed Martin has delivered the first three C-130J-30s to the US Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, California, to begin testing to certify the aircraft's airdrop mission capability -- deploying paratroops and supplies from either the side doors or rear loading ramp from a range of altitudes (the aircraft's navigation system was designed to allow the aircrew to drop with pinpoint accuracy).
JCS and LINKS/S systems are located at the Air Force Flight Test Center's (AFFTC) Electronic Warfare Avionics and Integration Complex at Edwards AFB, California.
According to the Hercules spokesperson, the Titan IV SRMU program is progressing well and has recently successfully completed its final qualification static test firing at Edwards AFB, California.