Air Force Flight Test Museum
The Air Force Flight Test Museum is located on the grounds of Edwards AFB, and access to the museum facility is currently extremely limited. If you don’t have a DoD badge, your only option is to sign-up for a public tour which is offered once a month but those fill up usually months in advance. The museum also has 3 publicly accessible locations outside of the base which includes a Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress exhibit just outside the North Gate, the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale and the Century Circle outside of the West Gate.
Air Force Flight Test Museum – Century Circle
|Rosamond Blvd, Edwards, CA 93523, USA|
Jets tested at Edwards AFB
The Century Circle exhibit consists of the top portion of the old Air Force Flight Test Center air traffic control tower surrounded by examples of all six Century Series fighter jets tested at Edwards AFB during the Cold War. Two of them, the Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger trainer and North American YF-100A Super Sabre prototype, were actually tested at Edwards AFB.
Century Series jets and Douglas YC-15
The other four jets are on loan from the National Museum of the USAF and include a McDonnell F-101B Voodoo, Lockheed NF-104A Starfighter, Republic F-105D Thunderchief and Convair QF-106B Delta Dart. The Century Series jets are accompanied by a McDonnell Douglas YC-15 prototype transport plane. It was never ordered into production, although the YC-15’s basic design would be used in the construction of the future Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.
Only about half of the Air Force Flight Test Museum aircraft collection is currently on display with the majority inside of the Edwards AFB. To make it easier for general public to view the entire collection, a new state of the art facility is being built right next to the Century Circle exhibit. It is a multiyear project with the first building expected to open in 2019.