NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center 75th Anniversary

June 5 – September 5, 2021

The Armstrong Flight Research Center is approximately twenty-two miles northeast of Lancaster. The Armstrong Flight Research Center dates back to 1946, when thirteen engineers and technicians came from the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia to the Muroc Army Air Base presently known as the Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, California. The migration to Edwards Air Force Base served to prepare for the first supersonic research flights by the X-1 rocket plane. From this project, Edwards Airforce Base established the Armstrong Flight Research Center. This year, 2021, marks the Armstrong Flight Research Center's seventy-fifth anniversary. 

 

This exhibition highlights the many achievements and accomplishments the Armstrong Flight Research Center has made possible for the aviation and aerospace field. Strategically and uniquely, the Armstrong Flight Research Center resides in the Antelope Valley area taking advantage of the year-round flying weather and over 300,000 acres of remote land with varied topography. The Armstrong Flight Research Center’s  mission is to advance science and technology through flight research towards revolutionizing aviation and aerospace technology. This exhibition shines a light on the research and technological progression the Armstrong Flight Research Center has made in aerospace and aviation. The center has the amenities and expertise to analyze, maintain, and conduct flight research and tests on modified or unique research vehicles and systems. The Armstrong Flight Research Center facility is NASA's primary center for high-risk, atmospheric flight research and test projects. The objects on display are remnants of past programs and projects the Armstrong Flight Research Center conducted.