Article: Visit J Davis Heritage Airpark & Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale

on Dec-23-2016 in California

Article: Visit J Davis Heritage Airpark & Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale

Article: Visit to the Joe Davis Heritage Airpark and Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale California

About one hour’s drive from Los Angeles, aviation aficionados can admire a great selection of aircraft in Palmdale California.

Visitors can see a wide variety of aircraft in two airparks which are set right next to each other.

The first airpark is called Joe Davis Heritage Airpark and it is centered around displays of aircraft that portray the aerospace heritage of the USA.

In February 2008 the airpark was rededicated in Mr Joe Davis’s name to honor him and his great service to the country and community. Joe was Air Force Plant 42′ third Commander and he retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1973. Thereafter he worked (among other roles within the community) in community relations for Rockwell and Boeing on the B-1 Bomber and Space Shuttle programs and he served as a Palmdale City Councilman.

Boeing 747 at Joe Davis Heritage Airpark

Boeing 747 at Joe Davis Heritage Airpark

Among others you can get up close to a Boeing 747, you can see a Model of 143-Triumph or other military aircraft such as the Republic F-105 Thunderchief from 1964 which was a supersonic fighter-bomber.

Undercarriage of Boeing 747

Undercarriage of Boeing 747

Model of 143-Triumph

Model of 143-Triumph

Guiberson A/T-1029 Diesel Engine which was used in Aircraft and Tanks in the 1930s - 1940s.

Guiberson A/T-1029 Diesel Engine which was used in Aircraft and Tanks in the 1930s – 1940s.

F-105 Thunderchief

F-105 Thunderchief

The other airpark is located right next to it and it is called the Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson Blackbird Airpark.

Kelly Johnson was an American aerospace engineer and he contributed to a series of important aircraft designs. One of them was the SR-71A Blackbird which you can see at the airpark.

There are also a variety of other exhibits such as the once ultra-secret Lockheed D-21 Drone and the Lockheed A-12.

SR-71A Blackbird and Lockheed A-12

SR-71A Blackbird and Lockheed A-12

 

View Underneath A-12 Lockheed

View Underneath A-12 Lockheed

Pratt & Whitney J58 Jet Engine that powered Lockheed A-12 and subsequently the SR-71

Pratt & Whitney J58 Jet Engine that powered Lockheed A-12 and subsequently the SR-71

Lockheed D-21 Drone

Lockheed D-21 Drone

The entrance to both Airparks was free (you can make donations there if you wish to) and there were plenty of parking spaces available.

Generally the opening hours of both parks are:

Fri to Sun: 11am until 4pm

Mon to Thu: Closed

Both airparks are a great attraction to visit especially if you are interested in aircraft and military airplanes.

Link to the page about Joe Davis Heritage Airpark on the website of the City of Palmdale

Link re. Blackbird Airpark visit – managed by the Flight Test Historical Foundation

Head-on view of an A-12 Lockheed

Head-on view of an A-12 Lockheed