Although flights may take off from and fly in the area around Edwards, they may also fly anywhere from over designated areas of the Pacific Ocean to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Controllers at SPORT can monitor these flights, which may be conducting operations involving anything from supersonic flight, radical maneuvers, target bombing, laser targeting, and much more.
The task may be similar to that of commercial air-traffic control, except that flights monitored here are likely to be doing anything from tight U-turns, to rapid ascent or descent, to firing lasers from high altitude at ground-based targets.
July 12, 2012 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Edwards Air Force Base
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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