Lord & Son provided solutions for Air Force’s largest test range.

In 2015, Lord & Son began construction on a new state-of-the-art Variable Height Tower for Air Force Materiel Command at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The platform tops out at 90 feet and its height can be raised and lowered in five-foot increments. This innovative solution will allow the Air Force to test the most advanced weapon systems in the world to defend our warfighters.


The Eglin Air Force Base Variable Height Tower will be utilized by the Air Force for weapons testing on the world-class Eglin reservation. Eglin is the largest military installation in the United States, covering nearly 500,000 acres — roughly the same size as the entire state of Rhode Island!

Eglin Air Force Base

Throughout the past 40 years, Lord & Son has been relied upon by the DoD and Air Force to build dozens of projects at throughout the Eglin installation.

Eglin Air Force Base is the home 96 Test Wing and is one of the centers in the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). The Eglin range, managed by the 96th Test Wing, is the largest Air Force base in the free world. Located east of Pensacola, its 724 square miles of land range occupies much of the Northwest Florida panhandle. Its 101,000 square miles of air space extends over the eastern third of the Gulf of Mexico, an area extending from the panhandle to the Florida Keys.