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Air Force Flight Test Museum – Century Circle

by | Nov 10, 2018 | California | 0 comments

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.

405 Rosamond Blvd, Edwards AFB, CA 93524 (Edwards AFB West Gate)

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


(661) 277-8050


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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.

Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger

Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger

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.

McDonnell Douglas YC-15

McDonnell Douglas YC-15

Museum expansion

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.

North American YF-100A Super Sabre & McDonnell F-101B Voodoo

North American YF-100A Super Sabre & McDonnell F-101B Voodoo

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About The Author

Igor K.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the blog. Together with my son - hopefully a future aerospace engineer - we are trying to visit as many aviation and aerospace museums in the US as possible with the ultimate goal of visiting them all. We have been able to visit approximately 60 so far. We are hoping this site will help preserve aviation history and inspire young people to pursue a career in aerospace.

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