Three historic aircraft at Flight Museum
Visitors get rare treat
“Active duty, I work on the F-16, but now I can say that I’ve had some involvement with the SR-71, F-22, F-117 and the X-4,” said Underwood. “There are only a handful of these kinds of aircraft that you can actually work with because of them being kind of out-dated and retired. I never would have had any involvement with the projects if it weren’t for getting involved with the museum.”
Welsh said that moving the aircraft has freed up space in the restoration hangar allowing them to make plans to move additional aircraft from South Base that need restoration.
“That’s why we’re here, to preserve [the aircraft] and use them to educate people as to what the aircraft did here at Edwards and what the significance was,” said Welsh.
He concluded that adding more aircraft to the museum’s outdoor static display will allow people to see base history even after museum hours. The aircraft will be supplemented with outdoor graphics that tell their stories. Welsh mentioned the aircraft on display also act as a staging area for the new museum that is set to be constructed outside the West Gate on Rosamond Boulevard.
“[Moving the aircraft] consolidates our collection. We do have an amazing collection of aircraft and now, with the help of security forces, base civil engineering and airfield management, we can show it to the public,” Welsh said.
Rebecca Amber| Edwards AFB