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  • This week in Edwards history

    On June 6, 1959, the first ground test of Thiokol’s XLR-99 liquid fueled rocket engine for the X-15 took place at the Static Test Stand.  Delivering 50,000 lbs of thrust at ground level, it was the most powerful and complex throttleable rocket propulsion system in the world.
  • New interns receive AFMC welcome

    More than 130 new interns were introduced to careers in civil service by the Air Force Materiel Command commander at the start of the Premier College Intern Program Symposium June 4 at the Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. A Secretary of the Air Force initiative, the PCIP is focused on recruiting and training approximately 500 high-caliber candidates to fill professional as well as wage-grade positions across the Air Force. More than 300 interns have been placed in AFMC wings and centers, augmenting positions in career fields that include financial management, civil engineering, communications and information, contracting, force support, science and engineering, intelligence, and logistics.
  • 412th Test Wing Warrior of the Week

    Group: 412th Operations Group Member: Staff Sgt. Christopher Register Unit: 418th Flight Test Squadron Job Title: Standardization/Evaluation NCO and KC-10/KC-46 flight test boom operator Career Goal: “I want to complete my bachelor’s degree and surpass 5,000 flight hours.” Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Christopher Register, this week's 412th Test
  • Test wing commander speaks at Memorial Day ceremony in Bakersfield

    Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, was among several distinguished guests who came to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the fight for freedom at Bakersfield National Cemetery May 26. Veterans, family members and volunteers attended the Memorial Day weekend ceremony, which featured local Kern County Cub Scouts and
  • This week in Edwards history

    One June 1, 1951, Air Force aeromedical researcher Maj. John Stapp was strapped into a rocket sled that was poised on a 2,000 foot deceleration track at North Base. Moments later, 4,000 pounds of rocket thrust blasted him down the track and into the braking system (from 88.6 mph to a full stop in 18 feet). For a brief instant, he endured 48 g with
  • 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.
  • This week in Edwards history

    On May 26, 1950, the Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark, an experimental turboprop-powered version of the company’s AD-1 Skyraider, made its first flight, flown by George Jansen. The aircraft’s turboprop engine transmitted power to two large counterrotating three-bladed propellers through a complicated gearbox.
  • CDC breaks ground on new playground

    Pictured from left to right: Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander; Col. George Tromba, former 412th Mission Support Group commander; and Janice Hollen, 412th Force Support Squadron director; break ground on a new playground for the Child Development Center May 15. Construction will begin June 1 and is projected to take five months to
  • Plant 42 police officers recognized for stopping gate runner

    Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, dropped by U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, to personally thank two U.S. Air Force Security Forces officers for their actions during an incident in April. The general presented officers Miguel Madrid and Randy Plata with test wing coins May 22. Officer Joseph Montano was also
  • AF recruiter steers effort to bring new engine to local high school

    Auto shop students at Quartz Hill High School have a new learning tool courtesy of the Air Force. The Lancaster, California, Air Force recruiting office spearheaded the donation of a new 2018 Nissan Versa engine, which was introduced during a small ceremony at the school May 21. Staff Sgt. Steven Whalen, 369th Recruiting Squadron, Lancaster
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