- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: March 18, 2005
Visits to abandoned hangars and interviews with former test pilots illuminate the colorful past of this desert base.
In the remote California desert, the vast runways of Edwards Air Force Base shimmer like a mirage under the blazing sun. Here, every single aircraft to enter the Air Force inventory for over half a century has been put through its paces, scores of records have been broken, advanced weapons are put to the test, and countless classified operations take place behind closed doors.
MODERN MARVELS® examines the colorful history of America's premier flight test center, California's Edwards Air Force Base in California. Richard Hallion, former chief historian for the U.S. Air Force, provides unprecedented access to several forgotten and abandoned facilities on the base. Today, Edwards continues to push the envelope. Among the many cutting-edge projects currently being tested is the Airborne Laser, designed to focus a basketball-sized spot of intense heat that could destroy a ballistic missile.