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Located outside the North Gate of Edwards Air Force Base is the B-52B, 52-008. It was used to lift several prototype aircraft into the air for launch including the X-15 and the X-43a’scram-jet’. Now she sits on display. There is no plaque as of yet, but that will come. There is a concrete walkway up to it and around it so you can get a real close look of this wonderful piece of history.
This is part of the AFFTC Museum: (661) 277-8050
Gift Shop: (661) 258-1658
Historical Foundation: (661) 258-1658
Toll-Free: (877) FLT-TEST
Exit Edwards AFB and it is just outside the North Gate. There is a visitor parking area so you can park. Just be careful crossing this road since it is an exit for the base traffic! Avoid the hours 3PM-5PM since this is when traffic is at its worse.
Updated Dec 30, 2012
This little viewing site is available to the public. Although, your on the base officially, your not within the highly secure area. There is plenty of parking and as long as you obey the speed you'll have no problem with security visiting this site.
This site represents at least six century of fighters that are on loan from the AFFTC Museum. The YF-100A & TF-102A served Edwards for quite some time, the others are actual examples of aircraft flown. Of course the Tower is the neatest article on display. This tower served Edwards for over 35 years by overseeing so many test aviation feets, which includes Mach 3,4,5,& 6, the first Space Shuttle test, returns and countless other test flights.
Updated Nov 8, 2007
Address: Rosmond Blvd.
Tours are available to the public, but security is at its finest here so heed the warning and do not break or take any security risk.
Directly from the AF Mil site:
The current policy is to allow Edwards Air Force Base tours to the general public and large pre-existing groups of 15 people or more. Reservations for all tours is required and should be made at least one month in advance for pre-existing groups. Reservations for the general public should be made by calling the Public Affairs Office at (661) 277-3511.
Public Tour reservations should be made at least seven days in advance for U.S. citizens, and at least 30 days in advance for foreign nationals. The tours include an introductory presentation and an orientation video at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum, a windshield tour of the Edwards’ flightline and a walking tour of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. Public Tours are offered the first and third Friday of each month and all tours are subject to mission
constraints and availability.
Updated Oct 16, 2007
Address: Public Affairs Office 1 S. Rosamond Blvd.
NASA Dryden offers a 90-minute walking tour of its facilities, resources and aircraft.
Tours are given by reservation only. Call for more information and tour availability.
Certain security requirements will have to be met in order to take part in the tour.
Updated Oct 16, 2007
Address: Lilly Drive, Building 4825
Phone: (661) 276-5247/3449
Straight from the site and I couldn't explain it any better:
To see the musuem you either have to be retired military or work here to get on base.
The museum features exhibits, displays and videos depicting the history of Edwards and the Air Force Flight Test Center, including aircraft static displays, models, biographies and aviation paraphernalia. The museum also has a gift shop with a large selection of aircraft desktop models, aviation books and souvenirs.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Updated Oct 16, 2007
Address: 405 S. Rosamond Blvd.
Go check the planes at Edwards AFB.
You can also take a tour to the mojave desert, and see the amazing soils and plants and animals.
And don't forget to take some time to wonder around with your car. There are many old (and some of them inhabited) towns in the Boron area, where you can see jailhouses for 1 person from the wild west era, and the houses, saloons and convinient stores. A very nice trip back in time.
Updated Aug 29, 2003
I grew up traveling along this road that crosses the Rogers Dry Lake Bed for many years. I am very proud to know this area is listed on list of National Register of Historic Places, which does not surprise me one bit since so much history has happened here, encluding my own.National Register of Historic Places #85002816
The lake bed is off limits to everyone, it is still a highly secure area. Yet you can see it while traveling to see Century Circle on Rosamond Blvd, a display of historic aircraft on display just outside the West Gate, exit Highway 14.
Updated Jun 17, 2008