Palmdale, which was incorporated in 1962, is located in the north-central part of Los Angeles County and currently hosts a population of 152,622. In November 2009, voters agreed to make the city into a Charter City. The Gabriel Mountain Range separates Palmdale from Los Angeles.
Palmdale has been ranked one of the top 25 fastest growing cities in California and is currently the sixth largest city in Los Angeles County. With its city limits stretching to 104.57 square miles, Palmdale is considered to be the largest “Desert City” as well as one of the Top 100 largest cities in the United States. It is one of the very few larger cities that are not served by a us highway or interstate freeway.
Palmdale has long considered itself to be the “Aerospace Capital of the United States.” It is by far the most prosperous business in the area, although manufacturing plants are starting to develop due to special tax breaks provided by the government as well as the close proximity to the Palmdale Airport.
The main location of the Aerospace industry in the city is the USAF Plant 42, where all the research, development, final assembly, test flights, and servicing/modifications take place. The B-2 Spirit, F-35 Lightning II, F-117 Nighthawk, Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, the Space Shuttle, SR-71 Blackbird, and X-15 are just some of the planes that were developed at the centre. The research and completed products produced here are used by airlines and air forces internationally as well as NASA.
The major operations of Boeing, Lockheed Martin (Skunk Works) and Northrop Grumman are located here in the city. The former Boeing hanger at USAF Plant 42, one of the largest buildings in the world, is owned by the Los Angeles World Airport.
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