Known for first flights and record flights than any other place, Edwards Air Force Base is legendary Centered around an ancient dry lakebed in the Mojave Desert 90 miles north of Los Angeles, activity at Edwards has sharpened the cutting edge of aviation and aerospace since the 1940s The complex is a strategic flight test, research, and development center for the U.S Air Force, NASA, and civilian contractors Since the 1950s, almost every U.S military aircraft has been partially tested here The skies above Edwards have been the scene of remarkable achievements, including Chuck Yeager s world famous breaking of the sound barrier in 1947 The base was first established near the small town of Muroc in 1933 and became renowned for its giant runways painted onto the flat, dry lakebed Speed and altitude records were commonplace at Edwards during the 1950s Suborbital space flights began there in the 1960s In the 1970s it was the primary testing site for the space shuttle program Dramatic aerospace research continues today at Edwards, America s proving ground for the future of high tech aviation....
|Title||:||Edwards Air Force Base (Images of Aviation)|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing 1st edition December 13, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
|File Size||:||597 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Edwards Air Force Base (Images of Aviation) Reviews
I'm sure you are familiar with these fine little books with the sepia tone covers. Authors gather together photos from local history sites, public and governmental sources and private collections to put together small history books on places and events that would never otherwise see the light of day in a publication. The military themed books on ships and bases are numerous and very good. The photos are entertaining and interesting to the casual reader as well as the historically curious. And then enter the modeler!
Great snap shot of history, I have bought all of these books of the places that I was stationed during my 30 years in the Marine Corps. I have 2 sons also serving now and I will buy the books of all of the bases that they will serve at.
Overall, I loved the details and photos that the author used to record the history of the first half-century of Edwards AFB. The book pretty much ends with the first Space Shuttle tests. I would have liked to see it continue up to current test vehicles. Perhaps a follow-on book will be released in the future. I know that color photographs were taken during the time period that this book covers. Too bad all the photos are black and white. But then, the price of the book would have to be significantly higher.
This is a great book for anyone looking for photos of Edwards Air Force Base, from before WWII through the late 70's. Of course, there are the expected photos of the research planes from the X-1 through X-15 and beyond. But who'd expect to see a 1930's Martin B-12 bomber being refueled by a Richfield tanker truck? In fact, some of my favorite photos are those inside and outside the hangars with planes under maintenance, showing auxiliary trucks, fire equipment, flatbed's loaded with X-planes, control room photos, etc. These kind of photos, focusing on Edwards AFB as well as the planes themselves, are much harder to find in other books, but fill the pages of this volume. If that's what you are looking for, and are satisfied with black and white photos, then this may be the book for you.
Another nice photo book from Arcadia, a company specializing in often unpublished pictures from company archives. Very pleased. I only wish the format were a little larger.
Great concise history of Edwards!! Some interesting facts and history that I didn't know about Edwards is in here too!!
A subject that deserved far more in depth writing and better photos . There was little new subject matter in the book which was a pity as a really in depth study of "Edwards Air Force base" would be a book to deserve a star place on the bookshelf anyone interested in aviation.