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Our Aerospace Heritage

Even if you’ve never heard of Palmdale before, you certainly have heard about what comes from Palmdale.

The U-2 spy plane and SR-21 Blackbird took flight from Palmdale, and each Space Shuttle and the stealth B-2 bomber were built right here.

Palmdale has a rich aerospace heritage and you can experience it up close and personal.

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42

A family-friendly, unique destination, it is centered around displays of aircraft that present the historical significance of United States Air Force Plant 42 in a way that generates pride among our residents and prestige among our peers.

Visitors to Joe Davies Heritage Airpark may view a collection of aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42. The airpark includes 21 retired military aircraft on static display, plus a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit, an AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile, a B-52, a C-46, and various aircraft components. When fully developed, the airpark will showcase over 40 retired military and civilian aircraft.

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding major holidays, weather permitting. Admission is free. Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday upon request. To schedule a tour, call (661) 267-5345. For additional information, visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/airpark

2001 E. Ave. P, Palmdale
(661) 267-5611

Blackbird Airpark

Blackbird Airpark, an annex of the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum at Edwards AFB, was officially dedicated on Sept. 27, 1991. It is the world’s only display of a Lockheed SR-71A together with its predecessor A-12, along with the once ultra-secret D-21 drone and the only remaining U-2 “D” model in the world.

The airpark was established to preserve the proud heritage of the Blackbird family of military aircraft. Through the restoration, preservation and display of these unique aircraft, it provides the visiting public from all over the world an interesting and educa-tional experience.

Blackbird Airpark is open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours of operation are subject to volunteer availability and weather. For additional information, visit www.afftcmuseum.org/visit/blackbird-airpark.

2503 E. Ave. P, Palmdale • (661) 274-0884

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