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  • January 16, 2015: F-35 Arrived at Edwards For Operational Test and Evaluation With the Joint Operational Test Team

    Two F-35s from the Royal Netherlands Air Force landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, following a five-hour flight from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The aircraft from the 323rd Squadron arrived for an operational test and evaluation phase with the Joint Operational Test Team (JOTT) co-located with the Integrated Test Force conducting
  • January 15, 1943: First Flight of the XP-54 Flown by Vultee Aircraft Corporation

    The first flight of the XP-54 took place flown by Vultee Aircraft Corporation test pilot Frank Davis. Informally nicknamed the Swoose Goose, the aircraft was the second of three pusher fighter aircraft designs to come out of the Army Air Corps’ Circular Proposal R‑40C for a highly advanced fighter plane. The others were the XP-55 and XP-56, none of
  • January 14, 1939: Muroc Notice of Condemnation

    Some 47 residents occupying 9,001 acres of land adjacent to the Muroc bombing range received notice of condemnation proceedings against their land. The federal government initiated the court action because of the inability of federal agents to purchase the land parcels from the owners at what was considered to be a fair market price. Two other
  • January 12, 1961: B-58 Hustler Sets New Official World Speed Record

    A Strategic Air Command B-58 Hustler crew, led by Maj Henry J. Deutschendorf, flew their jet bomber with a 2,000-kg payload over the Center’s 2,000-km course to establish a new official world speed record of 1,061.808 mph. The flight also broke the existing world speed records for the same distance with a 1,000-kg payload and with no payload.
  • January 11, 1961: Edwards Air Force Base Shock Wave Demonstration

    Following complaints from Los Angeles-area residents regarding shock waves from high-speed pullouts, a shock wave demonstration was held at Edwards Air Force Base for the benefit of news representatives at the request of the Armed Forces Public Information Office in Los Angeles. Dive tests were conducted by Lt Col Fred J. Ascani and Maj Frank K.
  • January 10, 2014: F-35 Lightning II Testing

    The 461st Flight Test Squadron’s Lt Col Brent Reinhardt piloted F-35A AF-1 in the first Joint Strike Fighter test mission flown with 10 weapons, allowing the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force to evaluate the handling qualities of the F-35A. The weapon load consisted of six 500-pound Guided Bomb Unit-12 Paveway II bombs, two in the internal
  • January 8, 1942: Palmdale Airport Becomes Plant 42

    The Army Air Corps leased the Palmdale Airport from the Palmdale Irrigation District, and Works Progress Administration workers began construction on a 9,000 foot concrete runway, a 5,000 foot auxiliary runway, and a hangar. Within three years the 412th Fighter Group used the hangar, later known as building 531, in the testing of jet aircraft. In
  • January 7, 2009: Boeing 737 AEW&C Testing

    Boeing completed the initial aerial refuelings of a 737 aircraft platform. The historic flights on were conducted for Project Wedgetail, Australia’s airborne early warning and control program. Flying 25,000 feet above Edwards Air Force Base, Boeing test pilot Ron “Taco” Johnston maneuvered the 737-700 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft
  • January 6, 2005: New Command Chief Position

    The Air Force Flight Test Center created a Command Chief position from the existing Chief Master Sergeant position in the 95th Air Base Wing, and realigned the Center’s Command Chief position to the 412th Test Wing, consistent with the alignment of installation commander responsibilities to the Air Base WingCommand Chiefs advise the unit commanders
  • January 5, 1949: X-1 Conventional Take Off and Landing

    Major Yeager performed the first (and only) conventional ground takeoff of the X-1 program. He took off from the Rogers Dry Lake bed with a light fuel load, accelerated nearly vertically to 23,000 feet, and then made wide circuits around the southern end of the lake bed until his fuel was exhausted.A conventional take-off and landing also known
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