Think Outside the Gate

Think Outside of the GateThe Flight Test Historical Foundation (FTHF) needs your help to move and expand the Air Force Flight Test (AFFT) Museum at Edwards AFB!

We have until July 1st to raise the remaining donations needed to qualify for the Hilton Foundation Grant of $300,000. We have raised nearly $590,000 of the $690,000 required, and are only $100,000 short of securing the Hilton Grant! Securing the Hilton Grant would complete Phase I of the Capital Fund Drive by the FTHF to raise the initial $990,000, which would be used to move the Air Force Flight Test Museum to outside the EAFB’s West gate and make it accessible to the general public.

Become a Life Patron of the FTHF

Sign up before July 1st to get the following bonuses, in addition to the standard membership perks:

1. $1,000 Bronze Life Patron (select one bonus from the list below):

  • Skylark North glider ride in Tehachapi – towed by Jimmy Doolittle III if you book it on days he is there, or
  • Sage Cheshire – Red Bull Stratos Space-Jump capsule manufacturing facility tour (with another capsule close to completion) and a framed photo signed by Felix Baumgartner , or
  • X-Hunters – Flight test aircraft crash site tour (YB-49, XB-70, X-15, F-104, etc.), or
  • An inscribed brick, memorializing a person or an entity of your choice, at the Blackbird Airpark or Century Circle

2. $5,000 Silver Life Patron:

  • Pancho Barnes – BBQ at a Santa Monica estate using “Happy Bottom Riding Club” dishes and a private tour of Pancho Barnes’ archives, and
  • One of the items listed in 1) above

3.  $15,000 Gold Life Patron:

  • Pancho Barnes – BBQ at a Santa Monica estate using “Happy Bottom Riding Club” dishes and a private tour of Pancho Barnes’ archives, and
  • All of the items listed in 1) above

Many of you are Life Patrons of the Flight Test Museum already, and we deeply appreciate it. If you are not, and are considering becoming one, you may make a pledge to pay in installments, or sometime in the future. Pledges of future payments (including from Wills and Trusts) will be counted towards the total funds required to qualify for the Hilton Grant. You can also sponsor one of over 80 aircraft or exhibits at the Flight Test Museum, such as SR-71 Blackbird or Pancho Barnes’ “Happy Bottom Riding Club.” The Friend of the Flight Test Museum application form (pdf) has suggested payment options for the different Life Patron levels. Please use this form for your contribution. The FTHF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and your contributions may be tax deductible.

Patron Levels

The five Life Patron Levels for this sponsorship effort are as follows, and include bonuses listed above if the transaction is completed by July 1st, 2014:

  • Bronze: $1,000 to $5,000 – Permanent recognition on a Patrons Wall inside the new museum
  • Silver: $5,000 to $15,000 – A plaque at the main entrance of the new museum
  • Gold: $15,000 – $25,000 (Sponsor-an-exhibit) – three recognition plaques as described below
  • Platinum: $25,000 – $50,000 (Sponsor-an-airplane) – three recognition plaques as described below
  • Diamond: $50,000 or more (Sponsor-an-area) – three recognition plaques as described below

Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsors will receive three (3) recognition plaques: one at their sponsored area, aircraft, or exhibit, another one at the main museum entrance, and a third plaque (or aircraft model if available) for their home or office.

Read more about Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsorship Recognition (pdf)

Perks for all Sponsorship Levels

Membership card, FTHF patch, 15% discount at the gift shops, newsletter, invitation to FTHF events, “Membership for Life” certificate, the book “Flight Testing at Edwards”, a fine art lithograph “Golden Age of Flight Test” signed by aviation artist Mike Machat, and three recognition plaques. Thank you, to each and every one of you, for your participation and continued support of the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB!

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The Flight Test Historical Foundation is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. FTHF is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no government status.