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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Under primitive conditions on a remote corner of Muroc Field, California (later renamed Edwards AFB) and with better facilities and a more advanced test track featuring an ingenious water braking system at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Stapp and his small team expanded the envelope on forces the human body can endure if properly restrained and protected.
After the war, Yeager became a test pilot at the Air Force's Muroc Field, now Edwards Air Force Base.
As a member of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (the forerunner of NASA), Crossfield joined them at the High Speed Flight Research Station at Muroc Field, California.