The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s.
Born Florence Leontine Lowe, "Pancho Barnes" broke Amelia Earhart’s speed record during the 1930 Women’s Air Derby. She worked as a Hollywood stunt pilot in the early 1930s, and purchased 180-acres of barren land adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake bed and Muroc Army Airfield (later known as EAFB) in 1935. It was here she established Happy Bottom Riding Club, where her hospitality towards the airmen at Muroc eventually lead to her becoming referred to as the “Mother of Edwards Air Force Base.”
William John “Pete” Knight, who holds world record for flight speed in a winged vehicle, graduated from the Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot at EAFB in 1958. After more than sixteen flights in the X-15A-2, Knight became one of five people to earn astronaut wings by flying an airplane into space.