First, we toured the base in a bus with a very funny and informative tour guide. We learned about the history of the base as well as its current functions and life on the base (they even have a K-12 school there). EAFB spans into three counties: Los Angeles, Kern, and San Bernadino. The land area is about 308,000 acres, which is a little over 481 square miles.
Located there is Rogers Dry Lake. The lakebed has a clay base that spreads out over 44 square miles, making it the largest such geological formation in the world featuring an extremely flat, smooth and concrete-like surface. The lake is not always "dry" but it is much of the time. But because of this amazing lakebed, they are able to have 23 runways - 4 paved and 19 dry lake. The longest runway is approximately 7-1/2 miles long. It is amazing to think of where technology has taken us in the last 101 years since the Corum family settled in this lakebed.
|Part of Rogers Dry Lakebed in the distance|
|The Flight Test Wing|
Next, we were dropped off for a walking tour of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center located at EAFB. This is where they perform flight research and technology integration to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology. We learned a lot about their test jets and some of the different things they are testing - not just trying to make a faster jet. This would be a great place to work if you were into planning, building, and experimenting on airplanes.
|Checking out NASA with Cole & Ian.|
|Getting a tour of their hangar.|
|Cole in front of an F-18 (I think).|
|Foreign Object Damage Prevention|
After lunch, we toured the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. We enjoyed being out of the hot sun and checking out their displays and the history of flight testing.
|Cole in the ejection seat.|
|Ian in the ejection seat.|
|Our group of kids at the end of the day.|