Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Edwards Air Force Base, California
First Flight December 22, 1966
Final Flight July 17,1970
Maxium Speed and Altitude Records for
Lifting Bodies Held By The HL-10:
Mach 1.86 (1228 M.P.H.) and 90,300 Feet
The HL-10 was part of a program that investigated blunt-shaped vehicles, called lifting bodies, which led to the selection of a lifting entry configuration for the space shuttle. Results from the lifting body flights greatly aided shuttle designers in the decision to land the orbiter as an unpowered glider.
Erected by National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical date for this entry is July 17, 1959.
Location. 34° 57.147′ N, 117° 53.382′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Lilly Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Edwards Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed F-104 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); X-29 (about 300 feet away); NF-15B (about 300 feet away); F-8 DFBW (about 400 feet away); F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft (about 400 feet away); F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft (about 400 feet away); HiMAT (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
Also see . . . Northrop HL-10. (Submitted on March 31, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 701 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 31, 2013. 7. submitted on September 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on March 31, 2013. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.