The Air Force Flight Test Museum is in the midst of its most exciting transformation since 1992, when the Flight Test Historical Foundation (FTHF) erected the current site at the corner of Rosamond and Lancaster boulevards on Edwards Air Force Base.
An aggressive fundraising campaign is under way to move and expand the Flight Test Museum to outside the base’s West Gate. At it’s completion, the proposed $6.5 million project will improve the experience for museum guests and provide a world-class venue for an aerospace-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program. The project will be funded completely by private contributions.
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees in December confirmed its support for the project and the initiation of efforts to secure necessary funding. “The location of the new museum will provide unencumbered access for aviation aficionados and greater opportunities for use by the educational organizations in southern California, “ FTHF Chairwoman Lisa Gray said. “Our future STEM programs will be designed to engage youth in aerospace-related learning opportunities.”
Phase one of the campaign is to raise $1M which will allow us to move the museum by developing a 12,000 sf structure outside of the West gate . We have been awarded a matching grant by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in the amount of $300,000 contingent upon our ability to secure gifts, contributions and legally enforceable pledges in the amount of $690,000 by July 2014. “We look forward to the community supporting what will be the largest single fundraising project for the museum,” Rex Moen, Capital Campaign Chairman said. “We are confident people will make an investment to preserve flight test history and inspire future generations.”