Air Force Flight Test Museum, Edwards

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The AFFTM at Edwards AFB is open Tue - Fri 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Blackbird Airpark is open Fri, Sat and Sun 11AM - 4PM

The Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum is an Air Force Field Museum operating within the guidelines of the USAF Heritage Program. Its mission is to collect, interpret, preserve, and display the material history of Edwards Air Force Base, its antecedents, and the history of flight testing at Edwards AFB.

There are currently over 80 aircraft in the AFFT museum’s collection, with 41 on display (36 at Edwards AFB and five at Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale) and the remainder in storage or restoration. Other artifacts in the collection include aircraft propulsion systems, missiles, hardware, life support equipment, technical drawings, test reports, personal memorabilia, photographs, and wind tunnel models.

A private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the Flight Test Historical Foundation (FTHF) supports Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base. It funded construction of a 12,000 square foot museum facility at Edwards, which is no longer accessible to the public since 9/11. The FTHF is in the process of raising additional funds to move the main museum outside the West Gate, to make it accessible to the general public.
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  • In the middle of the Mojave desert is Edwards Air Force Base – the US Air Force base where since more than 60 years all the latest Air Force developments and aircraft have been and have been tested. Now there are several things you can undertake here. First, you have the Century Circle at the entrance to the base; This is accessible to everyone. Around a traffic tower are 5 Century jets (F-100, F-101, F-102, F-104, F-105 and F-106) and the prototype of the C-17, the YC-15. Nice to shoot some pictures, but there is more. Base tours are organized-you will then take the base with a bus. Under the supervision of the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Community Engagement Chief Danny "Buss" Bazzel you'll visit the Air Force Flight Test Museum and you'll get a look behind the scenes of the Current flightline operation. From the bus you drive along the entire flightline-during our visit we saw meters distance F-35's (all types), F-22s, F-16s, T-38's, A-10's, B-52's, B-2's, B-1s and Global Hawks. And as a blow to the fire arrow, the new KC-46 Pegasus tanker was tested, which taxiede meters away from the bus to the runway! During our bus tour we also saw several take-offs where the highlight was an F-22 Raptor that went up shortly after take-off vertically and in that process broke the sound barrier, which caused a sonic boom! Unfortunately for this part it is strictly forbidden to take pictures-so cameras should not be included in the base and mobile phones should be kept in the pocket at all times. For the museum there are some more lenient rules, all appliances can be photographed. The collection consists of many original devices, prototypes that have been tested on Edwards over the years. So all jets are unique and nowhere else to be seen. For the tour you need to sign up in time, the tours are very popular and also get crowded because of the limited spots. For every aviation enthusiast this is a "must do", you will experience an incredible, memorable and great day!
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  • It was very cool looking around at all of the different items they have around. I highly recommend watching the different videos they have going if you have time too. I learned a lot about the history on the base that I didn't know. All of the staff was amazing! Very nice and patient with my daughter too. We went a few years ago when we were in town, and I loved it again this time around too!
  • Great museum. Pieces of history and info that I've never seen before. Kept three generations entertained for several hours. Very engaged staff, they kept up with a nine year old's constant questions.

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