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October 4, 1945
A Douglas C-54 Skymaster from the Army's Air Traffic Control completed the first global flight for a cargo-type aircraft by flying 23,279 miles in 149 hours, 44 minutes, including 33 hours, 21 minutes on the ground by the time it landed in Washington.

October 4, 1946
Col. Clarence S. Irvine flew the B-29 "Pacusan Dreamboat" to a nonstop, unrefueled distance record of 9,500 miles by flying from Honolulu to Cairo, Egypt, in 39 hours, 36 minutes lasting through Oct.6. The flight path took the aircraft over Arctic regions to test crew through hazardous weather and with complicated navigation and communication problems.

October 4, 1949
C-82s dropped an entire field artillery battery by parachute at Fort Bragg, N.C.

October 4, 1957
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the world's first artificial space satellite.

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Detachment 1 (Edwards AFB, Calif.)
Lead agency for accomplishing Block 2 and 3 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Contact Information: (661) 275-2120

Detachment 2 (Eglin AFB, Fla.)
Mission: To evaluate operational system(s) mission capability, effectiveness, and suitability for Air Force and multiservice users by conducting impartial and realistic operational evaluations and assessments.
Contact Information: (850) 883-1089

Detachment 4 (Peterson AFB, Colo.)
Mission: Operationally tests space, missile, and missile defense capabilities in the battlespace environment for the warfighter.
Contact Information: (719) 556-5850

Detachment 5 (Edwards AFB, Calif.)
Mission: To ensure warfighters and logisticians have the right tools for the job....Permitting them to effectively and safely accomplish their mission.
Contact Information: (661) 277-3666

Detachment 6 (Nellis AFB, Nev.)
To plan and conduct realistic, objective, and impartial operational test and evaluation of fighter aircraft. 
Contact Information: (702) 652-4325
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Phone: 505-846-8513
DSN: 246-8513

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