Joby Aviation announced a major milestone as it delivered its first aircraft to Edwards Air Force Base, surpassing expectations by about six months. The company, known for developing electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft for commercial passenger service, has commenced operations on the base to showcase a range of logistics missions, including cargo and passenger transportation. The operations will be jointly managed by Joby Aviation and U.S. Air Force Personnel.
Collaborating with the U.S. Air Force, NASA will conduct research to explore the integration of these advanced aircraft into the national airspace, offering significant advantages to the air taxi industry as a whole.
With flights already underway at Edwards AFB, Joby Aviation’s accomplishment is part of its lucrative $131 million Agility Prime contract with the U.S. Air Force. Moreover, Joby’s ongoing and previous collaborations with the Defense Department hold a combined potential contract value of $163 million.
Under the Agility Prime contract, Joby Aviation is set to provide up to nine aircraft to the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies. The second aircraft is scheduled for delivery at Edwards in early 2024.