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Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force installation in southern California, located approximately 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lancaster and east of Rosamond. It often referred to as Edwards, California or just Edwards. It is the home of the Air Force Test Center and is the Air Force Materiel Command center of excellence for conducting and supporting research and developmental flight 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 activities conducted by America's commercial aerospace industry.
Visiting Edwards AFB
Edwards Air Force Base offers two types of tours -- General Public Tours and Large Group Tours. General Public Tours are for small groups like families, couples or individuals. Large Group Tours are for groups of at least 15 people. All of our tours are free, but reservations are required. Minimum age for either tour is five years.
Normally General Public Tours are offered twice a month; usually on Fridays. They begin at 9 a.m. and end around 1:30 p.m. Large Group Tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and on non-General Public Tour Fridays (see schedule below). The start and end times are flexible. The tour includes visiting the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum as well as a windshield tour of the main base to include seeing our flight line. Most tours include a stop for lunch in the NASA Food Court. We close the roster for each tour two weeks prior to the tour in order to properly process each roster with Security Forces and with the folks who make the name tags. Citizens from countries other than USA (visiting with a passport on a visa) are welcome, but reservations must be made at least 30-calendar days in advance. For information regarding group or public tours, please contact the public affairs office at 661-277-3517 or 661-277-4803
For more aerospace and aviation history, check out the Aerospace Walk of Honor on The Blvd. To see some of the planes and fighter jets that have been built at Edwards AFB, check out Blackbird Airpark and Joe Davies Heritage Airpark!
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