EDWARDS HOSTS TOP FLIGHT SCHOOLS.Byline: Daily News
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. - Top officials of British, French and Navy test pilot schools came to Edwards Air Force Base to share information ideas at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.
The fourth Headmaster's Conference drew U.S. Navy Cmdr. Paul Sohl, British Cmdr. Christopher Brown Christopher Brown (born August 15, 1978) is a Bahamian athlete who mainly competes in the 400 metres. In addition to winning medals in individual contests, he has been a successful relay runner with three World Championships medals. and Richard Weeks, the British test pilot school business manager; French Col. Stephane Pichene; and Pierre Terre, the French test pilot school directeur adjoint Ad´joint
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Edwards participants included Col. George Ka'iliwai III, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School commandant, and Lt. Col. David Cooley, the deputy commandant.
The discussions included the strategic plans of the respective schools, possibilities for strengthening interschool relationships and how the schools were changing their courses for the 21st century.
The participants got to fly each others' aircraft.
Ka'iliwai hosted a luau that included Maj. Gen. Doug Pearson, Air Force Flight Test Center commander, his wife, Teresa, and retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager.
The visitors toured Edwards' Global Hawk and Airborne Laser facilities, the Benefield Anechoic Facility Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) supports installed systems testing for avionics test programs requiring a large, shielded chamber with radio frequency (RF) absorption capability that simulates free space. and talked with F/A-22 test team members.
The group also went to Vandenberg Air Force Base Vandenberg Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 3,456 acres (1,399 hectares), SW Calif., near Lompoc; chief Pacific coast launch site for military satellites. and flew gliders in Tehachapi.