US Air Force Boeing B-52 and an RAF Avro Vulcan flying over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

US Air Force Boeing and an RAF Avro Vulcan flying over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Lawrence was America's first African-American astronaut. Selected in 1967 for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, he was killed later that year in an F-104 crash during a training exercise at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  Credits: U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Lawrence was America's first African-American astronaut. Selected in 1967 for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, he was killed later that year in an F-104 crash during a training exercise at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Credits: U.S. Air Force

USAF F-5F with AIM-9J Sidewinder, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and auxiliary fuel tanks over Edwards Air Force Base, 1976

USAF F-5F with AIM-9J Sidewinder, AGM-65 Maverick missiles and auxiliary fuel tanks over Edwards Air Force Base, 1976

B-52 testers at  Edwards Air Force Base complete leaflet bomb drops.

B-52 testers at Edwards Air Force Base complete leaflet bomb drops.

Actor Vince Vaughn accepts a patch with the Average Joe's logo from Vaughn's movie, "Dodgeball," from an airman Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Vaughn visited the base as part of a USO tour, his third. (Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes) #vincevaughn #usairforce #airforce #USO #USOtour #UnfinishedBusiness #celebrities

Actor Vince Vaughn accepts a patch with the Average Joe's logo from Vaughn's movie, "Dodgeball," from an airman Saturday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Vaughn visited the base as part of a USO tour, his third. (Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes)

Captain Jacqueline S. Parker became the first female US Air Force pilot to graduate from the US Air Force Test Pilot School, 1989

Development Cycle: Testing: Captain Jacqueline S. Parker became the first female US Air Force pilot to graduate from the US Air Force Test Pilot School, 1989

Launch: February 28, 1990  Landing:  March 4, 1990 Edwards Air Force Base, Cal. Astronauts: John O. Creighton, John H. Casper, Richard M. Mullane, David C. Hilmers and Pierre J. Thuot Space Shuttle: Atlantis Sixth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense.  www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archiv...

Launch: February 28, 1990 Landing: March 4, 1990 Edwards Air Force Base, Cal. Astronauts: John O. Creighton, John H. Casper, Richard M. Mullane, David C. Hilmers and Pierre J. Thuot Space Shuttle: Atlantis Sixth mission dedicated to the Department of Defense. www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archiv...

"Atomic Cowboy." A cap-pistol-packing cowboy—the son of an Air Force Flight Test Center pilot—stares down an experimental Convair YB-60 nuclear bomber on Edwards Air Force Base in 1953.

"Atomic Cowboy." A cap-pistol-packing cowboy—the son of an Air Force Flight Test Center pilot—stares down an experimental Convair YB-60 nuclear bomber on Edwards Air Force Base in 1953.

The C-130 celebrates 60 years and still going strong - Archived photo of the YC-130 during its ferry flight from Burbank, California, to Edwards Air Force Base August 23, 1954. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Archived photo of the Hercules during its ferry flight from Burbank, Calif. to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. August The is still in production today, making it the longest running military aircraft production line in history.

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