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Edwards AFB Tested The Kick-Ass Jets Of The ’60s, This Video Proves It

The Film “Toward The Unexplored” Explores The History of Edwards AFB And The Testing Performed There

Official US Air Force Photograph

The United States Air Force (USAF) produced the promotional film “Toward the Unexplored” in 1967. The film features the history of Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) from its beginnings as Muroc Dry Lake and World War II target range to the testing being performed at Edwards at the time the film was produced. Thanks to YouTuber Classic Airliners & Vintage Pop Culture for uploading this history lesson and time capsule of Air Force research and development at Edwards. Watch for an appearance by then-Colonel Chuck Yeager himself. Ad Inexplorata!

Official US Air Force Photograph

The film features America’s first jet fighter aircraft, the Bell XP-59. It then moves through programs such as the early X-planes, the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, the zero-launch North American F-100 Super Sabre, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Bell X-3 Stiletto, Convair’s B-58 Hustler, the General Dynamics F-111, Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird, the Ling Temco Vought XC-142 tilt-wing testbed, the North American X-15, and lots more. Rocket engine testing, range telemetry, and test administration is all included in this comprehensive look at Edwards AFB circa 1967.

Official US Air Force Photograph

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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