F-35 at Edwards

An F-35 Lightning II, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test on the 24th of October, 2008. A 461st Flight Test Squadron F-35 Lightning II, marked AA-1, lands at Edwards Air Force Base.


Edwards Air Force Base (AKA "Edwards")
Category Statistic
Location. California, USA
Opened in. 1933 as "Mohave Field"/ "Muroc Field".
Closed in. No, it's still open.
Operated by. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).
Owned by. USAF
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It is the home of the Air Force Test Center, a specialist pilot school and is the Air Force Materiel Command center of excellence for conducting and supporting research and development of flight, as well as testing and evaluation of aerospace systems from concept to combat. It is a major communications hub in the US military system.


It was previously named Muroc Air Force Base, Edwards AFB was then named in honor of Captain Glen Edwards (1918–1948). He flew 50 highly dangerous missions in Douglas A-20 Havoc light attack bombers in the North African campaign during World War II . Captain Edwards became a test pilot in 1943 and died in the crash of a prototype Northrop YB-49 flying wing near Muroc AFB on 5 June 1948

Other note worthy events st Edwards include Chuck Yeager's flight that broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, test flights of the North American X-15, the first landings of the Space Shuttle and the 1986 around-the-world flight of the Rutan Voyager.

Some USAF Red Flag exercises have partially occurred there, starting in 2009; but most were wholly at Nellis Air Force Base.

SR-71 Blackbird

Dried out lake bedEdit

The base is next to Rogers Dry Lake, an endorheic desert salt pan whose hard dry lake surface provides a natural extension to Edwards' runways. This large landing area, combined with excellent year-round weather, makes the base perfect for flight testing. The lake is now a U.S. National Historic Landmark!

Size and populousEdit

The United States Census Bureau has designated Edwards Air Force Base as a separate census-designated place for statistical purposes.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Edwards AFB had a population of 2,063. The population density was 120.4 people per square mile (46.5/km²).

The racial makeup of Edwards AFB was 1,518 (73.6%) White, 165 (8.0%) Black, 16 (0.8%) Native American, 99 (4.8%) Asian, 10 (0.5%) Pacific Islander, 96 (4.7%) from other races, and 159 (7.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 355 persons (17.2%).

See alsoEdit

  1. Noteworthy Air bases
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