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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Aircraft producer Boeing (NYSE: BA) reported on 26 July that at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California its Blended Wing Body (BWB) research aircraft, the X-48B, completed its first test flight.
The first of these C-17 aircraft is now going through a US Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, Calif.
Under the terms of the contract DynCorp will perform the work at Ellington Field at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards Air Force Base, California; as well as other locations around the world as required.
The EURO HAWK took off on 20 July 2011 at 11:50 hours, Central European Summer Time from Edwards Air Force Base, California and landed at 10:06 hours Central European Summer Time on 21 July 2011 in Manching Air Base.
Manufacturer and designer of aircraft engines Pratt & Whitney, a business unit of a United Technologies Corp (NYSE: UTX), announced on 7 November that the company's F135 engine has successfully completed engine restart testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA.
There were problems in each area during the voyage's seven days (one of the satellites never emerged from its Getaway Special canister), but by the time the shuttle-craft Challenger landed on the desert sands of California's Edwards Air Force Base, mission officials were enthusiastic about their week's results.
The first of these C-17 aircraft is now going through a US Air Force flight test programme at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, California.