Last updated: 2/25/2011
Edwards Air Force Base, California
Address
405 S Rosamond Blvd
Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524
phone: 661-277-8050
fax: 661-277-8051
e-mail: info@afftcmuseum.org
web: www.afftcmuseum.org/
Hours
Tues-Saturday; 9-5 pm
Admissions
'Free'
Subsequent to 11 Sept 2001, and in accordance with established security procedures, access to Edwards AFB is now limited to those individuals with official business on base. Specifically, the museum is open only to base personnel and individuals who have appropriate credentials to enter the installation. We apologize for any inconvenience. Visitors may, however, visit the museum during the twice-monthly base Public Affairs tours offered the first and third Fridays of each month. Call (661) 277-3512 for particulars.
Tours are free and begin at the “Century Circle.
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Frederick Johnsen, Director
phone: 661-277-8050
Tony Moore, Museum Technician
phone: 661-277-8050
Description

The Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) 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 the AFFTC, Edwards AFB and its antecedents, and the history of USAF flight testing. There are currently 80 aircraft in the museum’s collection, with 32 on display (29 at Edwards and three at the AFFTC-managed 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.

In an effort to make the museum’s collection more accessible to the general public, the base recently dedicated a major aircraft display adjacent to the Edwards AFB Main Gate. The “Century Circle” consists of the top portion of the old AFFTC air traffic control tower surrounded by the YF-100A, F-101B, TF-102A, F-104A, F-105D and F-106B; all examples of Century Series aircraft tested at Edwards AFB. This display is open to the public during daylight hours throughout the year. Exit California Hwy 14 at Rosamond Blvd and go East 10 miles.

Mission

The mission of the Flight Test Historical Foundation is to raise funds to support the development of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) Museum at Edwards AFB, California and the museum's Blackbird Airpark Annex at USAF Plant 42 in nearby Palmdale. The Foundation's fund-raising efforts focus primarly on museum improvements, new construction, exhibits, aircraft acquisiton and restoration, and education programs.

History

The museum first opened in a small, interim facility on Edwards AFB in 1994. In 2000, a private, nonprofit organization, the Flight Test Historical Foundation, funded construction of a new 12,000 sq ft museum facility at Edwards. This facility includes 8500 sq ft of exhibits, a forty-seat theater, research library, gift shop, and administrative offices. Exhibits inside the new museum—opened on July 21, 2000—cover such diverse subjects as the formation of the ancient lakebeds, early homesteading in the area, the first military uses of Edwards, flight testing during WWII, breaking the sound barrier, high-speed flight, and the story of Glen Edwards, the base’s namesake. Other exhibits include aircraft, flight hardware, rocket engine, and model displays. Museum visitors can learn about the past, present, and future of flight testing in the museum’s theater and souvenirs can be purchased in the well-stocked gift shop.

Artifact Collections

Aircraft, aircraft propulsion systems, missiles, hardware, life support equipment, technical drawings, test reports, personal memorabilia, photographs, and wind tunnel models.

Research Collections
  • Not at this time.
  • Educational Programs

    • None at this time.
    Library

    Access: Students, Scholars, Staff Only, Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    ADA

    parking, wheelchair access, re

    free parking

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Services

    Gift Shop

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