The Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) 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 AFFT, Edwards Air Force Base and its antecedents, and the history of USAF flight testing. There are currently over 80 aircraft in the museum's collection, with 40 on display (36 at Edwards and four at the AFFT-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.
About The Foundation
A private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the Flight Test Historical Foundation, funded construction of a 12,000 square foot museum facility at Edwards. This facility includes 8500 square feet of exhibits, a forty-seat theater, research library, gift shop, and administrative offices. Exhibits inside the museum cover such diverse subjects as the formation of the ancient lakebeds, early homesteading in the area, the first military use 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.
The Mission of The Foundation
The mission of the Flight Test Historical Foundation is to raise funds to support the development of the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) 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 primarily on museum improvements, new construction, exhibits, aircraft acquisition and restoration, and educational programs.
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About The Board
Board of Trustees
Bob Hoover - Former NAA, USAF Test Pilot
C.E. "Bud" Anderson - Col, USAF (Ret)
Curtis Bedke - Maj Gen
Robert L. Cardenas - Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)
Joe Cotton - Col, USAF (Ret)
Joe Engle - Maj Gen, USAF, (Ret)
Fitz Fulton - Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
Robert J. Gilliland - Gen Mgr, Desoto Oil & Gas Trust
Bruce Hinds - Former Chief Test Pilot, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Richard V. Reynolds - Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)
John "Jake" Jaquish - Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)
Thomas V. Jones - Former Chairman, Northrop Corporation
Joseph Kittinger - Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Hon John E. "Jack" Krings - President, Krings Corporation
Sherman N. Mullin - Former President, Lockheed Advanced Development Co.
Jens K. Neelsen - Sr Mgr Dir, CWC Asset Advisors Inc.
Peter W. Odgers - Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)
Alton D. Slay - Gen, USAF (Ret)
Thomas P Stafford - Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)
John Tallichet - CEO Specialty Restaurants
Addison Thompson III - Past President, Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Art Thompson, CEO, Sage Cheshire Aerospace
Charles P. "Pete" Winters - Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)
Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager - Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)
Treasurer - Bud Reams
Corresponding Secretary - Gail Mitchell
Parliamentarian - Rex Moen
Current Past Chairman - Bill "Flaps" Flanagan
Keith Jamieson, M.D.
Dr. Leslie Uhazy
Col. Dan Daetz, 412TW/CV
Jens K. Neelsen
Doug NelsonJohn F. Patton, Legal Advisor