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Field Activities > Edwards Air Force Base, California

Edwards Air Force Base began as a stark and remote bombing range in 1933 and went on to become a major bomber training base in World War II. The Air Force Flight Test Center originated during the darkest days of the war, and has since achieved more major milestones in flight than anywhere else in the world.

For the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, Edwards AFB provides a large amount of flight test expertise. Most recently, JSF events at Edwards AFB have been leading up to the first flight of the F-35A, which will eventually be flown at Edwards AFB. Recent JSF activities at Edwards AFB have included the following:

  • Awarded $20M MILCON contract to W.E. O’Neil Company for Phase I Developmental Testing (DT) at Edwards AFB to support JSF System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program. Renovation project includes modern infrastructure, offices, hangar and work areas plus construction of a new munitions maintenance facility and warehouse.
  • Achieved 100% MILCON Design for JSF ITF-EDW (Bldg 1820) and new Alternate Mission Equipment (AME) facility. Construction started with 8 Nov 04 Ground Breaking Ceremony at AFFTC, Edwards AFB, CA.
  • Negotiated and arranged permanent transfer of JSF X-35B Concept Demonstration Aircraft (CDA) from JSF ITF, Edwards AFB, CA to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Worked closely with JSF propulsion contractors Pratt & Whitney, and General Electric to define facilities requirements for RDT&E construction/bed down of PW-135 and GE-136 engines at Edwards AFB.
  • Major contributor participating in successful completion of JSF Air Vehicle and Propulsion system Preliminary Design Reviews (PDRs).
  • Successfully received and translated Lockheed-Martin computer aided design (CAD) files for JSF Simulator Cockpits. Enabled building of cockpits for handling qualities mission rehearsal in support of JSF SDD.
  • Provided technical input into the F-35 Weapons Bay Design by influencing the integral weapons loading hoist design.
  • Provided technical design input on the JSF F135 engine removal and installation trailer.
  • Developed analysis tools with all IPTs that will benefit the Verification & Validation process during F-35 flight test.
  • Successful at continuing to develop joint USAF/USN processes supporting flight test, such as, test planning, flight clearance, and safety planning.

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