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September 11, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In the midst of the Cold War, when Nike missile sites dotted the Southland, a bright red runaway Navy drone airplane veered off course and headed for Los Angeles, triggering a dangerous sequence of events known as the "Battle of Palmdale." It's not a battle that the military could say it won back on Aug. 16, 1956.
August 22, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
The space shuttle Discovery completed a cross-country ride atop a jumbo jet and returned to Florida on Sunday, nearly two weeks after safely completing NASA's first mission since the 2003 Columbia accident. After stopping to refuel in Oklahoma and spending an extra day at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana because of poor weather, the shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center at 10 a.m., riding piggyback on a specially modified Boeing 747 jet carrier.
August 10, 2005 | John Johnson Jr. and Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writers
Once they were safely on the ground, the seven astronauts of the shuttle Discovery acknowledged some tense moments as they prepared to reenter Earth's atmosphere. Their worry grew as shuttle commander Eileen Collins readied the craft's thrusters to initiate its descent toward the Mojave Desert after 14 days in space. "For me, most of the trepidation came when Eileen hit the de-orbit burn," said pilot James Kelly at a news conference seven hours after the landing.
May 27, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
A small plane that had been circling near restricted military airspace in the Mojave Desert for about three hours Thursday was intercepted by fighter jets and escorted to a landing at Palmdale Airport, aviation officials said. "We could see him on radar, but we couldn't reach him by radio, and we didn't know who he was," said Donn Walker, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which had been monitoring the flight.
February 7, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
The personnel at Edwards Air Force Base paid tribute Thursday to the seven astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia, vowing to carry on the dangerous but important work of testing the boundaries of space. Many who gathered for the outdoor service were pilots and former astronauts from Edwards and the nearby NASA Dryden Flight Research Center who knew the Columbia crew personally. Columbia's commander, Rick D.
October 27, 2002 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
More than 50 years after becoming the first person to break the sound barrier, Chuck Yeager did it one last time before retiring from his long career of test-piloting military aircraft. The aviation legend said he has no regrets about walking away from 60-plus years of flying the military's newest and most innovative planes. "It was interfering with my hunting and fishing," he joked after the era-closing flyover at the annual Edwards Air Force Base air show. "All good things must come to an end."
October 24, 2002 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
From the cockpit of an F-16, the Mojave Desert is an unrelenting sea of brown -- flat and seemingly lifeless. But as the pilot prepares to land, the bustle of Edwards Air Force Base suddenly springs into view. Hundreds of feet below, construction workers are putting the finishing touches on a new hangar for the world's first aircraft to bear laser weapons. Another crew huddles around a B-52 bomber, fitting it with new computers.
An Air Force F-16 crashed Tuesday in remote mountains near the California-Nevada border, killing the pilot and a freelance photographer hired to document another plane's test flight, military officials said. The plane went down about 7 a.m. after taking off from Edwards Air Force Base, where the pilot was stationed. Wreckage was found about 30 miles east of the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center and south of Death Valley in northern San Bernardino County. Maj.
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