Flight Test Historical Foundation

A private,A private,FTHF_Logo 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. 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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Board of Trustees

  • C.E. “Bud” Anderson – Col, USAF (Ret)
  • Curtis Bedke – Maj Gen
  • Robert L. Cardenas – Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)
  • Joe Engle – Maj Gen, USAF, (Ret)
  • Robert J. Gilliland – Gen Mgr, Desoto Oil & Gas Trust
  • Bruce Hinds – Former Chief Test Pilot, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Barry W. Holden – President, Hoover Treated Wood Products
  • John “Jake” Jaquish – Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)
  • Joseph Kittinger – Colonel, USAF (Ret)
  • Clay Lacy – CEO, Clay Lacy Aviation
  • George K. Muellner – Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)
  • Sherman N. Mullin – Former President, Lockheed Advanced Development Co.
  • Jens K. Neelsen – Sr Mgr Dir, CWC Asset Advisors Inc.
  • Robert C. Nolan II – Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)
  • Peter W. Odgers – Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)
  • Doug Pearson – Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)
  • Richard V. Reynolds – Lt 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
  • Charles P. “Pete” Winters – Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)

Executive Board

General Manager

Board Members

Advisors/Liaisons

  • Ranney Adams
  • Cam Martin
  • Doug Nelson
  • AFTC History Office
  • George Welsh