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The X-35A and the X-32A, competing models for the Joint Strike Fighter program (JSF), made their test flights at Edwards in 2000.
The Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle later used in Afghanistan, made its first flight at Edwards in 1998.
The wheels of the Space Shuttle Columbia touched down at Edwards in 1981. The era of reusable space vehicles had dawned.
The Mysterious Blackbird – described as the first-generation “stealth” aircraft, routinely cruised at speeds in excess of Mach 3 and at altitudes well above 80,000 feet – was first tested at Edwards in the 1960s.