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Pilots Get Chance to Fly Into Edwards

Edwards AFB

August 19, 2010 — Local pilots will have the chance to fly into the hallowed skies over Edwards Air Force Base this fall and land on historic Rosamond Dry Lakebed as the United States Air Force Flight Test Center hosts a general aviation fly-in October 1. The 2010 Flight Test Nation Lakebed Fly-in will give 100 civilian aviators the chance to fly their private aircraft into Edwards’ airspace and land on the lakebed.

They’re holding the event to inform Edwards’ flying neighbors about safely flying in the base’s airspace and learning the history of Edwards, says Bill Koukourikos, AFFTC Flight Safety Office. “We want to reduce the risk of military and civilian aircraft possibly coming into contact with one another in the R-2508 Complex (Edwards’ airspace),” said “We also want to foster goodwill and camaraderie between military and civilian flyers in the Southern California and Nevada area.”

The AFFTC will hold a lottery on September 10 to select fly-in participants. Of those selected, 100 will be given the opportunity to land on the historic Rosamond Dry Lakebed and 20 will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Those flying in will be greeted by Maj. Gen. David J. Eichhorn, AFFTC commander, and will enjoy a pancake breakfast.

To register for the fly-in lottery drawing, or to drive-in to event, go to www.flighttestnation.com and click on the 2010 FTN Lakebed Fly-in link on the home page.

Those people who wish to drive in to the 2010 Lakebed Fly-in can also take part in the event. They must register online for a parking pass and will pay for lunch on-site. Those who are not registered or do not have a parking pass will not be allowed into the event.

Aviators will be given several presentations discussing Edwards’ current programs and the history of women in aviation.

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