Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base is a United States Air Force installation located in Kern County in southern California.
The Air Force Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, is the Air Force Materiel Command center of excellence for conducting and supporting research, development, and test and evaluation of aerospace systems from concept to combat. It operates the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and is home to NASA’s Dryden Research Center and considerable test activity conducted by America’s commercial aerospace industry. From the development of the country’s first jet aircraft to the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-22 Raptor, the test forces at Edwards have played a role in the development of virtually every aircraft to enter the Air Force inventory since World War II. The 412th Test Wing is the host wing for Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. -- the 2nd largest base in the Air Force. The 412th Test Wing plans to conduct, analyze, and report on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software, and components as well as modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force. There are three components for this mission: flying operations, maintenance, and engineering.