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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After World War II, he served as a test pilot at Wright Field, Ohio, before he was selected as the Bell X-1 project officer for high-speed flight research at Muroc Air Base, Calif.
In 1935, Barnes bought a remote working ranch outside Rosamond and provided the nearby Muroc Air Base - now Edwards Air Force Base - with pork and dairy products.
From Wright, Yeager was sent out to Edwards - then Muroc Air Base - as maintenance officer for a new jet fighter, the P-80.