October 6, 1992: China Lake Weapons Testing Area Opened to Air Force Flight Test Center

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Brigadier General Roy D. Bridges, Jr. accepted an offer from the Naval Air Warfare Center to allow Air Force Flight Test Center regular access to Naval Warfare Center, China Lake’s R‑2505 and R-2524 ranges for weapons testing. This was an important step toward more efficient use of the range facilities that benefited both organizations.

Maj. Gen. Roy D. Bridges Jr. was director of requirements, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The directorate of requirements was the command focal point for product management policy, processes, and resources.

China Lake was an unincorporated community in Kern County, California. It was located 2.5 miles north-northeast of the town of Ridgecrest at an elevation of 2,264 feet. .The place was on China Lake, a dry lake on the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.

Eglin Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in western Florida, located about three miles southwest of Valparaiso in Okaloosa County.  The host unit at Eglin is the 96th Test Wing, formerly the 96th Air Base Wing.  The 96th Test Wing is the test and evaluation center for Air Force air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems.  Eglin AFB was established 85 years ago in 1935 as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base. It is named in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, who was killed in a crash of his Northrop A-17 attack aircraft on a flight from Langley to Maxwell Field, Alabama.

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