The city of Palmdale is located in the north-central part of Los Angeles County. The city was established in the year 1962 and since then presently hosts a population of 152,622. Voters decided to make the city into a Charter City in November 2009. The Gabriel Mountain Range divides Los Angeles from Palmdale.
Palmdale has been ranked amongst the top 25 fastest growing cities in California and is currently the sixth biggest city within 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 biggest cities in the US. It is amongst the really few bigger cities which are not served by a highway or interstate freeway.
Palmdale has long considered itself to be the "Aerospace Capital of the United States." It is by far the most successful industry within the area, even if manufacturing plants are beginning to develop because of special tax breaks offered by the government as well as the nearness to the Palmdale Airport.
The main location of the Aerospace industry in the city is the USAF Plant 42, where all the development, final assembly, research, test flights, and servicing/modifications happen. The F-35 Lighting, B-2 Spirit, Lockheed 1011 Tristar, F-117 Nighthawk, the X-15, Space Shuttle and the SR-71 Blackbird are just some of the planes that were developed at the centre. The completed products and research produced here are utilized by airlines and air forces globally in addition to NASA.
The major operations of Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed martin (Skunk Works) are situated here in the city. The previous Boeing hanger at USAF Plant 42, among the largest buildings within the world, is owned by the Los Angeles World Airport.