San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The 412th Test Wing plans, conducts, analyzes, and reports on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force. There are three core components for this mission: flying operations, maintenance and engineering.
The Special Tour
This tour will be very special. We will visit places not normally available to the public, who normally are limited to a "windshield tour" and not allowed on the flightline.
We will meet at the Century Circle parking lot, just outside the West Gate, where an EAFB bus will meet us and take us on base.
First stop will be the Air Force Flight Test Museum, where we will be see numerous memorabilia of aircraft testing, get up close to a number of legacy aircraft, including a SR-71 Blackbird, and where you can buy merchandise, such as T-shirts.
Then we will do a windshield tour on the flightline. What aircraft we will see is based on operations, but there is a good chance of seeing a KC-135 tanker, a B-52 bomber, and/or a F-35.
Next we will get off the bus and be able to get up close and personal with an F-22 Raptor. A test pilot is likely to be there to answer questions. This will be really special.
Lunch will be at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Food Court (everyone pays for their own food).
Last we will again get off the bus to see the Maintenance, Modification, Repair, and Instrumentation facility, a visit not normally available to the public. Here they maintain and repair all base aircraft, and make the modifications associated with testing. Again, what aircraft we will see depends on what is in the shop that day but I promise you that seeing the inside workings of a fighter jet is something you will never forget.
We will return to the Century Circle parking lot by 2:30pm.
When & Where
The Aerospace & Defense Forum
The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community of over 1400 with six chapters providing opportunities for sharing of information, current events, and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs.