Edwards Air Force Base, located in California is the home of the Air Force Flight Test Center and is the Air Force Materiel Command's center of excellence for conducting research and development of flight, as well as testing and evaluation of aerospace systems from concept to combat. Established in 1933, Edwards manages the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School as well as being the home of NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. The historic site, formerly known as Muroc Air Force Base, was renamed in honor of Captain Glen Edwards (1918–1948). Capt. Edwards, carried out some 50 missions in World War II. On June 5, 1948, Capt. Edwards lost his life when the YB-49 flying wing aircraft he was flying crashed.