October 8, 1999: Edwards AFB Rededication

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The Air Force Flight Test Center museum and the Air Force Flight Test Center History Office planned and hosted an event to honor Capt Glen Edwards and the 50th anniversary of the naming of the base. Captain Edwards' family was invited for a special celebration at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum during the annual open house and air show, for a rededication of Edwards Air Force Base and the planting of a Modesto Ash tree in memory of Captain Edwards.

Glen Walter Edwards was a test pilot for the United States Air Force, and is the namesake of Edwards Air Force Base.  Edwards was born March 5, 1916, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, where he lived until 1931. At age 13, his parents Claude Gustin Edwards, a real estate salesman, and Mary Elizabeth Edwards moved the family to California, settling in Lincoln, northeast of Sacramento. He attended Lincoln High School, where he was a member of the Spanish Club and worked on the school newspaper, "El Eco". After graduating from high school in 1936, he attended Placer Junior College in Auburn, California, eventually transferring to University California Berkeley.


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