Blackbird Airpark, an annex of the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum at Edwards AFB, was officially dedicated on September 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 with an interesting and educational experience.
The Blackbird Heritage Courtyard brick exhibit commemorates designers, crew members, and others associated with Blackbird aircraft’s development and mission execution during the Cold War years. Museum visitors are welcome to purchase bricks, inscribed with their names or the name of someone they wish to remember and/or honor, to be placed amongst the names of Blackbird pioneers such as Lockheed’s Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, CIA’s Allen Dulles, U-2’s first flight pilot Tony LeVier, A-12’s first flight pilot Lou Schalk, and SR-71’s first flight pilot Bob Gilliland.
Included in the Blackbird Airpark collection are:
- U-2D spy plane
- A-12 CIA reconnaissance aircraft
- SR-71A USAF reconnaissance aircraft
- D-21 drone
- J57 engine (used on U-2’s)
- J58 engine (used on SR-71’s)
The Blackbird AirPark and its museum/gift shop are open Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., subject to volunteer availability and weather.
Admission is FREE
2503 E Avenue P, Palmdale, CA MAP
Airpark Phone Number: 661-274-0884
Immediately next to the Blackbird Airpark is the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark (http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/airpark/)