NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center

Armstrong Flight Research Center is NASA’s primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Armstrong is chartered to research and test advanced aeronautics, space and related technologies that are critical to carrying out the agency’s missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development.

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area and visibility to flight test some of the nation’s most unique aircraft and aeronautical systems.

Some examples of the research undertaken: Oblique Wing Research, SST and Sonic Boom Research, Autonomous Formation Flight Control, Atmospheric Research, Vortex study,  Develop Dyna-soar launch pad abort procedures, Variable Sweep Transition flight experiment,  F-15 – Thrust Vectoring, to name a few.

Selected aircraft:

nasa automatic collision avoidance technology

F-16D conducting Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology (ACAT) tests


F-14 Tomcat


F-15 Eagle




F-104 Starfighters


Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (this drone is bigger than an F-16)


SR-71 Blackbird




F-18 Hornet


The infamous Predator drone

The current fleet



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