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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,
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon carries a developmental test version of Norway’s Joint Strike Missile. The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently wrapped up JSM testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christian Turner) Edwards test squadron completes Joint Strike Missile test program
A team of U.S. Air Force engineers, test pilots and Norwegian government and industry personnel recently completed a large phase of testing for the Joint Strike Missile. The JSM is Norway’s advanced anti-surface warfare missile designed to be carried in the new F-35A’s internal weapons bay. The missile can be employed against sea- and land-based
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Default Air Force Logo Command meets its cost-savings objective for second fiscal year in a row
Air Force Materiel Command captured more than $2.5 billion in cost savings for fiscal year 2017, the second fiscal year in a row the command has achieved its strategic savings objective.
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Airman 1st Class Benjamin Kriz, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft Maintenance Unit (left)
works with the new airman dorm leader, Staff Sgt. Marcos Martinez to obtain a room for an arriving Airman. (Courtesy photo by R.C. Morgan) Base dorms welcome new Airman leader
Staff Sgt. Marcos Martinez recently joined the 412th Civil Engineer Group’s Consolidated Dormitory Management Office as the new airman dorm leader. The ADL is a special-duty position; which is hand-picked by 412th Test Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Roosevelt Jones. Martinez will have many responsibilities in his new position such as mentoring
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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
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XB-70 Valkrie This week in Edwards history
On Sept. 21, 1964, North American Rockwell’s XB-70 Valkyrie experimental aircraft made its first flight from Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, to Edwards. It was flown by North American test pilot Alvin S. White and Col. Joseph F. Cotton. Originally conceived as a strategic bomber with the ability to cruise at Mach 3 speeds, the two XB-70s
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Quick learning, ‘deployed mentality’ lead to LRASM’s successful launch Quick learning, ‘deployed mentality’ lead to LRASM’s successful launch
No test at Edwards can be considered simple, but when you add in numerous organizations with their own language and procedures, along with a test aircraft with engine problems, then that makes accomplishing the mission all that more challenging. But, those obstacles were overcome by the test professionals and maintainers of the 419th Flight Test
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Members of the Republic of Colombia's military pose for a photo in front of a B-1B Lancer as part of their visit to Edwards Sept. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Okula) Colombian military officers get insight into flight test at Edwards
Dozens of Republic of Colombia military officers dropped by Edwards Air Force Base for an up-close look at flight test Sept. 12. The group visited the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, the 419th Flight Test Squadron and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Col. Jason Schott, 412th Test Wing vice commander, briefed the officers on the history
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The 746th Test Squadron from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, provided an array of GPS jamming equipment and support for DT NAVFEST at Edwards Air Force Base. The jammers provided a degraded GPS environment for testing multiple aerial platforms throughout the week. Testing was done from 1 to 6 a.m. each day to minimize impact on the community and civilian air traffic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cole Johnson) Defense, academia test systems for GPS denial
Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as reference, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS for its navigation needs.   But what happens when GPS isn’t available?   A collection of Department of Defense units and U.S. universities found out when they gathered at Edwards Air
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Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Measurement lab passes evaluation with precision
The Edwards Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory passed a recent evaluation that ensures the lab performs measurements that are safe, accurate, reliable and traceable. Maj. Gen. David Harris, Air Force Test Center commander, and Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, visited the PMEL in Bldg. 1450 to officially present the
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