Air Force Flight Test Museum

Air Force Flight Test Museum The Air Force Flight Test Museum is a Field Museum operating within the guidelines of the USAF Herita
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The AFFTM at Edwards AFB is currently closed to the general public due to COVID-19. Those with base access can visit the museum Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-16:00. Blackbird Airpark is currently open Sat and Sun 9:00-15:00. 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.

12/01/2023

On this date, Nov. 30, 1995: The B-1B was certified to carry and deliver up to 84 Mk 82 “iron” bombs in a combat situation, following the successful completion of Block C, Phase 1, of the bomber’s Conventional Munitions Upgrade Program.
For more aerospace and aviation milestones, visit https://bit.ly/otd-Nov25-Dec1

12/01/2023

On this date, Nov. 30, 2005: The Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., acquired the McDonnell Douglas YF-15A, S/N 71-0285, the eighth prototype built. It was primarily used for high angle of attack testing early in the program and was later used to test the new F100-PW-220 engines for the F-15C. The 220-engine introduced single-crystal turbine airfoils, an advanced multi-zone augmenter, an increased airflow fan and a digital electronic engine control system.
Later in its career, the aircraft had been assigned to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (now Armstrong FRC) at Edwards where it was used for digital electronic flight and engine control research under the Highly Integrated Digital Electronic Control program. The aircraft was also used to test and evaluate a computerized self-repairing flight control system for the Air Force that detected damaged or failed flight control services.
For more aerospace and aviation milestones, visit https://bit.ly/otd-Nov25-Dec1

11/28/2023

Edwards Air Force Base, NASA Armstrong, AF Research Lab, Mojave Air and Space Port, and Plant 42 collectively represent one of the largest aerospace research and development facilities in the world. The beginning, current, and future development of flight test, national and international flight test training, and the creative thinking of the men and women who dream, create, build, and fly our future is located here. On this Tuesday, please consider supporting the Flight Test Museum in our mission to preserve our 85+ historic aircraft and artifacts, the stories of the men and women who made it happen, and educate our future generations! Edwards Air Force Base Aerospace Valley

11/05/2023

One night only! November 8th! Jay Leno is “Standing up” for the flight Test museum at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

This fundraising event is to help us stand up at the New Flight Test Museum in the Aerospace Valley. Rat Pack Ricky is our opening act. Come out and support your local museum.
Join us for a great evening and a good cause! Ticket prices are tax deductible! Learn more here: https://flighttestmuseum.org/events/

Tickets are on sale now! And they're selling fast!
10/17/2023

Tickets are on sale now! And they're selling fast!

Check This Out: Get tickets and show information for Jay Leno Stands Up for the Flight Test Museum - Lancaster PAC

10/17/2023

Check This Out: Get tickets and show information for Jay Leno Stands Up for the Flight Test Museum - Lancaster PAC

10/14/2023
10/14/2023
We could not be happier to announce that tickets to Jay Leno’s stand-up fundraiser show at Lancaster Performing Arts Cen...
10/14/2023

We could not be happier to announce that tickets to Jay Leno’s stand-up fundraiser show at Lancaster Performing Arts Center are on sale on October 17, 2023! Rat Pack Ricky is our opening act! Both Jay and Ricky are generously donating their talent to help us stand up the New Flight Test Museum in the Aerospace Valley. Join us for a great evening and a good cause! Ticket prices are a donation and are tax-deductible!

Check This Out: Get tickets and show information for Jay Leno Stands Up for the Flight Test Museum - Lancaster PAC

Save the dates! Link to tickets to follow.
10/11/2023

Save the dates! Link to tickets to follow.

Save the date!! Join Jay and stand up for the Flight Test Museum Foundation! (The Flight Test Museum Foundation fund raises specifically for the Museum and is part of the Flight Test Historical Foundation.)

10/05/2023

On this date, Oct. 1, 1942: During high-speed taxi tests by Bell test pilot Bob Stanley (left), the Bell XP-59A lifted about 100 feet off the lakebed. Larry Bell delayed the first flight until the arrival of high-ranking official observers.
For more aerospace and aviation milestones, visit https://bit.ly/OTD_Sept30-Oct6

Thanks to Visit Palmdale, CA for the support!
09/06/2023

Thanks to Visit Palmdale, CA for the support!

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405 N Rosamond Boulevard
Edwards Air Force Base, CA
93524

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Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm

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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 As the home of the Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base is the center of excellence for research and developmental flight test and evaluation of aerospace systems from concept to combat. It operates the USAF Test Pilot School and host the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) — Rocket Lab, NASA’s Armstrong Research Center and considerable test activities conducted by America’s commercial aerospace industry. Edwards has played a significant role in the development of virtually every aircraft and rocket engine to enter the USAF inventory since World War II, as well as numerous Naval, Army and civilian aircraft, and it has been the site of many aviation breakthroughs.

It is also the home of the Air Force Flight Test Museum, whose mission it is to preserve, display and educate the public to over 75 years of flight test research, both at Edwards and the surrounding area. The inventory of the Air Force Flight Test Museum includes over 80 historic aircraft. Exhibits inside the museum cover such diverse subjects as the formation of the ancient lake beds, early home-steading in the area, the first military use of Edwards, breaking the sound barrier and flight test from World War II to the present. Artifacts in the collection include aircraft propulsion systems, missiles, hardware, life support equipment, technical drawings, test reports, personal memorabilia, photographs, and wind tunnel models.

With the current museum located on the base, there is very limited access. The Flight Test Historical Foundation, a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is raising the private funds needed to build a much larger facility, including a dedicated STEM education center, just outside the security fence of the West Gate (Rosamond Blvd), thus allowing to the public. With the ground breaking of the new museum at the West Gate now completed and construction soon to start, the public will finally get the opportunity to view these one-of-a-kind aircraft and the impressive collection of artifacts.


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