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Primary Industry Locations:

Air Force Plant 42 (Palmdale): AF Plant 42 is a government owned, contractor operated manufacturing facility.

Edwards AFB: The 95th Air Base Wing is the host wing for Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. — the 2nd largest base in the Air Force. The wing oversees base day-to-day operations and provides support for over 10,000 military, federal civilian and contract personnel assigned to a 470 square mile installation. The Air Force Flight Test Center conducts research and flight test operations on all Air Force aircraft.

Dryden Flight Research Center: Conducts research and flight test operations for NASA’s aircraft and space vehicles.

AF Research Laboratory: Conducts research and test operations of Air Force and NASA propulsion systems.

Mojave Airport: Civilian flight test center. Multiple specialty aerospace manufacturing firms.

Palmdale: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems- Flight operations facility for Predator UAV.


• Total: 21,677

• Edwards AFB: 11,990

• AF Plant 42: 7,020

• Mojave Airport:  1449


• Total-  $926.2 million

• Edwards AFB: $520 million

• AF Plant 42: $373 million

• Mojave Airport: $33.2 million

Total Economic Impact in CA: $1.7 billion

Housing units: Edwards AFB, approximately 2,000

Major tenants: Edwards AFB: Air Force Flight Test Center, 412th Test Wing, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, AF Test Pilot School, NASA, Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing, Northrop, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, JT3, EDO, Pratt & Whitney, Rockwell International, Symvionics, TYBRIN Corporation, General Electric Corporation.

AF Plant 42: Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical  Systems, Boeing Military Aircraft.

Mojave Airport: 40 companies including Scaled Composites, ASB Avionics, Flight Research, Inc., GE Wind, Masten Space, Orbital, Proto Flight, Trans Lunar Research, Space Launch, Rutan Aircraft, P&M Aircraft, HPE Flight Control Systems, Fiberset, BAE Systems, Flight Test Associates, Inc, Interorbital Systems, Microlaunchers, National Test Pilot School, Pacific Rocket Society, Scroggins Aviation, Telair, XCOR Aerospace, Firestar Engineering, TSC (The Spaceship Company).

Substantial interaction with other bases, services:

Edwards AFB interacts with Wright Patterson AFB, OH

Major facilities on base: Edwards AFB has Base Exchange (BX) and Commissary.

Extended education facilities on base (Edwards AFB): Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Webster University, Cerro Coso Community College.

Zip codes within market area:

93523   93560   93552 93524   93501   93561

93534   93505   93543 93535   93550   93553

93536   93551


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