Edwards Air Force Base

Edwards Air Force Base
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Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States (EDW/KEDW)
Rogers Dry Lake in California's Mojave Desert served as the Muroc Bombing and Gunnery Range in the 1930s. During World War II, the site became a training base. Later, new and top-secret aircraft were tested here. Edwards Air Force Base is home to many aviation "firsts" and countless records, and it served as a landing site for the Space Shuttle. The airport tower has two High Rise Escape Systems (HRES) for air traffic controllers in the event of an emergency. Each HRES consists of a harness shaped like an over-sized pant suit, and a descent device that lowers the evacuee safely to the ground.

The photograph is a part of Art of the Airport Tower, an exhibition that explores contemporary and historical air traffic control towers in the U.S. and around the world. 

Photographer:

Carolyn Russo

ID #:

WEB14832-2015

Source:

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Copyright/Owner:

Smithsonian Institution

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