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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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  • We were near the Blackbird Airpark. It was closed. It was always open. Still, they let the Blackbirds to see it really well. Wow! I liked that! I had fin taking pictures of the Blackbird s. I was.....  more »
  • I worked at Rockwell for a bit and I actually saw and HEARD the Blackbird take amazing to see and hear! Nice little park to take the kids to see the planes up close.  more »
  • If you're a enthusiast it's worth going. Amazing aircraft and there is a volunteer run small shop that sells a few souvenirs. needs some work put into the site, which is a shame because it's so cool. You can sponsor an aircraft too
  • Excellent place to see many historical military airplanes at the location of the maiden flight of the SR-71. The hightlights of the site are the A-12, SR-71A, U-2 and D-21. On display are also the J58 engine and the dual Buick V8-powered cart used to start it.

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