Air Force Test Center
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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