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Museums at Palmdale plant 42

U-2D 56-6721

Blackbird Airpark and Joe Davis Heritage Airpark
at Palmdale plant 42, California

These museums were made at this location because of the Lockheed Skunk Works are located at the airport by the USAF Plant 42 in Palmdale.

The Skunk Works was founded in 1943 at the Burbank airport in California by Lockheed for the development of the XP-80 with the legendary designer Kelly Johnson. In the years that followed, the models which have been designed became more mysterious, so-called "black programs" with the last (known) model, the F-117A Nighthawk. In 1989, the Skunk Works moved to Palmdale.

The two museums are at the same site, but are separate museums.

The Blackbird Airpark museum was founded in 1991 under the base of the A-12 and SR-71A. Later, as the D-21, U-2D and the YF-117A to come. The museum borders on the south side of Plant 42 Palmdale Airport.

The Joe Davis Heritage Air Park has a collection of aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale.

Blackbird Airpark
SR-71A 61-7973
SR-71A and A-12
A-12 60-6924
A-12 60-6924
YF-117A 79-10783/ED
GTD-21B 525
F-14D 164350/103
Joe Davis Heritage Airpark
C-46D 44-78019
T-33A 51-4533
B-52F 57-0038
F-105G 62-4416/WW
F-104C 57-0915
F-100D 54-2299/FW-299
F-4D 65-0696
F-101F 58-0324
F-101F 58-0324
T-38A 63-8182/LB
F-5E 741529/06
F-5E 741529/06
A-4C 145067
F-14D 164350/103
A-7B 154449/XE-449

With the color scheme of Flight Systems. This CL-13 Mk.5 was from the RCAF and had serial 23231

Jetstar 6 N814NA NASA
CL-13 Mk.5 N91FS

By Fran├žois van Riel