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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8 billion for the F-35 joint strike fighter, both of which will involve parts production in Palmdale and flight testing work at Edwards Air Force Base.
The board has a high turnover rate because trustees are usually spouses of Edwards Air Force Base personnel, who are reassigned every few years.
As a result, Edwards Air Force Base now has great credibility at California State University Northridge.
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2 -- color) The Air Force's Airborne Laser jet gets a refill from a KC-135 aerial tanker during a test mission flown out of Edwards Air Force Base.
Company officials began talking with various military posts about 18 months ago, and Edwards Air Force Base was the first opportunity to arise, Davin said.
1) A boy looks through a telescope at the man-made wetlands at the edge of Rosamond Dry Lake on Edwards Air Force Base.
Atlantis was the last of the shuttles to be hauled by tractor through Lancaster -- up 10th Street East, later renamed Challenger Way -- to be loaded on a NASA 747 at Edwards Air Force Base for its first trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - An unmanned Pentagon experimental aircraft made its first flight Friday, but suffered damage when it rolled off the runway during landing.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - A Global Hawk robot spyplane known as N-1 completed a 10-hour cross-continental flight from Edwards Air Force Base to the U.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE -- Edwards Air Force Base personnel have gone to Iraq and back to help test and rebuild Iraqi Air Force planes, aiming to make them safer to fly after a crash that killed an Iraqi and four Americans.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - The first Lockheed Martin F-16 made for Poland is due to arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in April for testing.