Edwards Adds F-35 Control Room:

Air Force Materiel Command has opened at Edwards AFB, Calif., a range mission control room built specifically to monitors tests of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The F-35 Integrated Test Force, comprising military, government civilian, contractor, and foreign partner personnel, are conducting testing of the F-35 and will have about 40 flight test engineers manning the control room. SrA. Jason Hernandez reports that the new control room is unique because it is “entirely personal-computer based.” The 412th Range Control Squadron, which maintains and operates all the Edwards control rooms, decided that existing control rooms simply didn’t have enough capacity to incorporate JSF testing.