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Visit Palmdale donates $50,000 for new air force flight test museum

By August 10, 2023August 30th, 2023No Comments

By: The AV Times Staff, August 10, 2023

PALMDALE – Visit Palmdale, the new tourism entity promoting Palmdale as a destination for arts, culture, and local businesses, pledged $50,000 for the development of Edwards Air Force Base’s new Air Force Flight Test Museum.

The Air Force Flight Test Museum – the only museum in the world dedicated to flight test and flight test history – opened in 2000 with an 8,500 square foot facility. Visit Palmdale’s donation will contribute toward the development of a new, 75,000 square foot location that will be more accessible to the public and expand the museum’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming for young students.

“The new Air Force Flight Test Museum will be a publicly accessible, showstopping landmark for all who visit our community,” said Austin Bishop, Chairman of Visit Palmdale. “We are incredibly excited to support the Flight Test Museum Foundation with the development of the new location and contribute another gem to our region’s buzzworthy aerospace scene.”

The new museum will be located just outside the West Gate of Edwards Air Force Base, allowing both residents and tourists the chance to explore historical air and spacecraft and rare artifacts. The larger Air Force Flight Test Museum location will also facilitate the expansion of its STEM programming, which teaches STEM subject matter to students by using aerospace and flight test principles.

The new Air Force Flight Test Museum is currently under construction. An opening date has not yet been determined. For more information on the Air Force Flight Test Museum, visit For more information on Visit Palmdale, visit

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