The base is located on the border of Kern County and Los Angeles County, California in the Antelope Valley, 7 miles (11 km) due east of Rosamond. Lancaster, CA (22 miles), Los Angeles, CA (65 miles) are some surrounding cities. The base serves United States Air Force. Designated as the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), Edwards is home to the United States Air Force Test Pilot School and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center The base is about 17.2 square miles.
There are about 13000 civilian & military personnel at the base. The mission is a critical testing facility for testing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, RQ-4 Global Hawk and B-52 & UAVs. The base was built in 1933. The base has been named in memory of test pilot Glen Edwards, who died while testing the Northrop YB-49. Family housing is available in various floor plans. Air force flight test museum, Aero Club, High desert lanes bowling center, Murec Lake Golf Course are some attractions near the base. Children based at the base attend the schools in Muroc Joint Unified School District. The mission is a critical testing facility for testing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, RQ-4 Global Hawk and B-52 & UAVs.
The base has F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, RQ-4 Global Hawk and B-52 As of the census of 2000, there were 5,909 people, 1,678 households, and 1,515 families residing in the base. The racial makeup of the base was 72.70% White, 10.42% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 4.35% Asian, 0.52% Pacific Islander, 5.43% from other races, and 5.74% from two or more races. 11.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The base has been a critical testing facility always. The base recently participated in testing on F-35 joint strike aircraft. The mission has been used for flight research and testing historically. Major general Curtis M Bedke is the current commander of the base.