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Shuttle Columbia landed in view of President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and some 500,000 visitors and guests. The Shuttle’s fourth orbital flight was its first landing on a concrete runway and marked the end of its formal flight test program. 
Later that very same day, the nation’s second Space Shuttle, Challenger, departed Edwards for Florida atop its 747 carrier aircraft while President Reagan was addressing the crowd.
Challenger was the first of the orbiters to be configured for operational missions in its original design. This week in Edwards history
On July 4, 1982, Space Shuttle Columbia landed in view of President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan and some 500,000 visitors and guests. The shuttle’s fourth orbital flight was its first landing on a concrete runway and marked the end of its formal flight test program. Later that very same day, the nation’s second space shuttle, Challenger,
0 7/03
2018
Contractors work to install solar panels on this house in the Tamarisk Plains neighborhood on Edwards Air Force Base. Workers will install solar panels on 368 homes on the base beginning with vacant homes first. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) Going solar: 368 homes to get solar panels as part of the Air Force’s broader energy resilience strategy
This month, solar panel installation begins for 368 houses on Edwards. The 412th Civil Engineer Group’s Energy Management Team is supporting Corvias with their process of bringing renewable energy (solar power) to the Edwards AFB community. The effort will stabilize energy costs, which will increase funds available for future improvements in
0 10/11
2017
Dream Chaser Dream Chaser undergoes captive carry test at Edwards
Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser underwent a captive carry test at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center today at Edwards Air Force Base. The test was part of the spacecraft’s Phase Two flight test efforts to advance the orbiter closer to space flight, according to an SNC press release. A Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook
0 8/30
2017
(Edwards History Office photo) This week in Edwards flight test history
On Aug. 26, 1975 the McDonnell Douglas YC-15 flew from Long Beach, California, to Edwards on its first flight. The high-wing, four-engine aircraft utilized an innovative externally blown flap, propulsive-lift concept. It was the McDonnell Douglas entry into the Air Force’s Advanced Medium STOL Transport program to develop an aircraft capable of
0 8/25
2016
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