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Blackbird Airpark, Palmdale

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Blackbird Airpark, an annex of the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum at Edwards AFB, was officially dedicated on September 27, 1991. It is the world’s only display of a Lockheed SR-71A together with its predecessor A-12, along with the once ultra-secret D-21 drone and the only remaining U-2 “D” model in the world.

The Airpark was established to preserve the proud heritage of the Blackbird family of military aircraft. Through the restoration, preservation, and display of these unique aircraft, it provides the visiting public from all over the world with an interesting and educational experience.

The Blackbird Heritage Courtyard brick exhibit commemorates designers, crew members, and others associated with Blackbird aircraft’s development and mission execution during the Cold War years. Museum visitors are welcome to purchase bricks, inscribed with their names or the name of someone they wish to remember and/or honor, to be placed amongst the names of Blackbird pioneers such as Lockheed’s Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, CIA’s Allen Dulles, U-2’s first flight pilot Tony LeVier, A-12’s first flight pilot Lou Schalk, and SR-71’s first flight pilot Bob Gilliland.
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  • The Airpoark next to an air museum with other aircraft shows a small number of "black" aircraft, an A-12, SR-71 and U-2.  more »
  • We, as honorary grandparents, took friends and their son to the air park in Antelope Valley. We weren’t sure how much the 3 year old would enjoy it at that young age but he lived it. Mom and Dad were ...  more »
  • Enjoyed a wonderful time sightseeing and learning historic facts about military aircraft. Wonderful for kids and adults. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop. Everyone loves to take home a souvenir stealth fighter. Also, it has some very nice picnic areas and even barbecue grills are available.
  • Do not miss this if you have any interest in the SR-71 Blackbird!You will see an A-12 and an SR-71 side by side together with a U2 and a ramjet powered drone.The gift shop could be a little better appointed and missed not finding a nice fridge magnet which I’m sure would sell like hot cakes!The visit is free but they do accept donations.It’s only about an hour drive from LA or you can take a scenic detour via the Angeles Forest Highway so if you’re anywhere in LA and have any interest in aviation don’t miss this gem!

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