412TH TEST WING
The 412th Test Wing plans, conducts and analyzes test missions and reports on flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software, components, modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force. There are three core components for this mission: engineering, maintenance and flight operations.
The engineering and electronic warfare groups provide the central elements for conducting the test and evaluation mission. They provide the tools, talent and equipment for the core disciplines of aircraft structures, propulsion, avionics and electronic warfare evaluation of the latest weapon system technologies. They also host the core facilities that enable flight test and ground test: the range division, Benefield Anechoic Facility, Integrated Flight Avionics Systems Test Facility and Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator. The project and resource management divisions provide the foundation for the successful program management of test missions.
The maintenance group provides flight line, back shop and modification support and conducts logistics test and evaluation on aircraft, aircraft subsystems, weapons, support equipment and technical orders. To execute this mission, the group’s 1,800 maintenance personnel support over 90 highly modified, uniquely configured test and test support aircraft. This fleet boasts 17 different mission design series aircraft operating 15 different propulsion systems, making it the most diverse maintenance unit in the Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, also part of the 412th Test Wing, is where the Air Force’s top pilots, navigators and engineers learn how to conduct flight tests and generate the data needed to carry out test missions. Test pilot school graduates become the backbone of the Air Force test force at Edwards and at other test units across the country.
The 412th Test Wing oversees day-to-day operations at Edwards, which covers 482 square miles. The test wing provides support to more than 10,000 personnel assigned to the wing, Air Force Plant 42 Production Flight Test Installation, Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and 54 tenant units. The test wing is responsible for Edwards’ entire infrastructure to include 29,000 feet of concrete runways, 59 miles of lakebed runways, 573 miles of road, 270 miles of electrical lines, some 8,800 structures and 9.5 million square feet of facility space. The test wing provides all the support services to take care of the people who live or work on the installation, including security, fire, medical, housing, transportation, communications, chapel and environmental services.
AIR FORCE TEST CENTER
The Air Force Test Center is headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base. Its mission is to conduct developmental test and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems, and provide timely, objective and accurate information to decision-makers for military services, other U.S. government agencies and international partners.
Units assigned to the AFTC include the 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida; the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold AFB, Tennessee; and the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB.