Edwards Air Force Base resumes flight operations following health protection condition procedures

Edwards Air Force Base has announced the 412th Test Wing has resumed flight operations, following a modification of procedures after the DoD-wide Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie announcement, the base said.

During HPCON C at Edwards AFB, which was declared on March 26 to combat the spread of COVID-19, access to the base has been mostly limited to mission essential personnel.

This week the 411th Flight Test Squadron, 461st Flight Test Squadron, and the 418th Flight Test Squadron, all part of the 412th Operations Group, 412th Test Wing, are scheduled to fly various sorties in support of test missions.

During resumed operations, Team Edwards sorties included flights on the B-52, C-17, and testing of the F-22 with an F-16 target for a developmental test; while mission partners at the Joint Operational Test Team flew the F-35 for operational tests.

The new sanitization procedures are designed to mitigate the health risk to Team Edwards personnel as the Wing ramps up strategically important test and evaluation flight operations.