|FLIGHT TRACKING : THE PLANES : THE BASES : UNUSUAL MOVEMENTS : FLIGHT PROCEDURES|
|DESERT ROCK (DRA) : TONOPAH (TNX) : EDWARDS (EDW) : PALMDALE (PMD) : MCCARRAN (LAS) : GROOM LAKE|
|North Base, Edwards Air Force Base (EDW)|
The history of Edwards Air Force base is synonymous with advanced aviation projects. This is the home of legendary aviation feats like those recounted in the movie The Right Stuff. It is where Chuck Yeager first broke the “sound barrier” in 1947, where would-be Apollo astronauts cut their teeth, where Pete Knight pushed the X-15 rocket plane past Mach 6, and where the Space Shuttle often comes home to land. Today, Edwards Air Force Base is home to the Air Force Flight Test Center – the most important hub for flight testing in the world. But Edwards Air Force Base has always had a side that remained hidden from view. Major portions of the base were originally built in the early 1940s to house a project with the unusual name “Secret Project MX-397” – the United States’ first jet aircraft.
|©2006 Trevor Paglen|