The Air Force Flight Test Center Museum on Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert now boasts the prototype supersonic YF-22 jet fighter among its displays of flight test aircraft and lore. The museum also plans to move to a location outside the base’s gate to provide “vastly improved public access,” according to officials.
Currently located inside the secure perimeter to the storied flight test base, public access to the museum is available one day a month when tours are hosted. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays for those with access to Edwards Air Force Base. Admission is free. All visitors must have access to the air force base or sign up for the monthly tour at 661-277-3517.
The museum is an official U.S. Air Force field museum. Capital growth is supported by the non-profit Flight Test Historical Foundation, an organization currently raising funds to relocate the collection outside the West gate to Edwards AFB for much better public access. Currently, seven aircraft are displayed just outside the West Gate to Edwards AFB on Rosamond Boulevard, where it is planned to build the new public museum once funds are in hand. The West Gate’s Rosamond Boulevard connects with Highway 14 at the town of Rosamond, north of Lancaster and south of Mojave.
For more information: 661-277-8050 or Edwards.af.mil.