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Are there tours of Edwards Air Force Base?


We offer two types of tours -- General Public Tours and Large Group Tours.

General Public Tours are for small groups like families, couples or individuals. Large Group Tours are for groups of at least 15 people. All of our tours are free, but reservations are required. Minimum age for either tour is five years.

We offer one General Public Tour per month. The new start time for these tours is 9:30 a.m. and the new ending time is 1 p.m.

Large Group Tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and on non-General Public Tour Fridays (see schedule below). The start and end times are flexible.

The tour includes visiting the Air Force Flight Test Museum as well as a windshield tour of the main base to include seeing our flightline.

We close the roster for each tour one weeks prior to the tour in order to properly process each roster with Security Forces.

Citizens from countries other than USA (visiting with a passport on a visa) are welcome, but reservations must be made at least 30-calendar days in advance.

The following information is needed for EACH PERSON:

NAME: Last, First, Middle Initial, if you have one. (For example: Jones, Joe A.)
PHONE NUMBER: Cellular or mobile is preferred. We ask for this because military requirements could cancel your tour, even once confirmed. It hasn't happened often, but it has happened.
E-MAIL ADDRESS: If you have more than one, then we prefer the one you check most often. Using one e-mail for your group is fine, if you'd prefer.
BIRTH DATE: The requested format is mm/dd/yy. (For example, May 21, 1975 would be written as 05/21/75.)
BIRTH PLACE: City and state, if born in the United States. If born in another country, outside of the United States, then we need city and country.
COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP: Which country are you a citizen of? Which country issued your passport?
ID TYPE: For US citizens and legal resident aliens: Driver's License, State-issued ID card, Passport, Green card, or Social Security Number. Use "Minor Child" for anyone in your party younger than age 18 years as of the tour date.
For citizens of other countries: Passport preferred, but Driver's License or other government-issued ID allowed.
1) STATE LICENSE: If you choose to list your driver's license as your ID for this tour, then we'll need to know which state and what your number is.
2) ID NUMBER: This is for the ID type asked for earlier, for anyone age 18 and older. Again, use "Minor Child" for anyone in your party is younger than 18 on the tour date. For all other types, except SSN, we'll need the full number, including any letters. If you selected SSN, then we'll need only the last SIX numbers.
3) ID EXPIRATION: This applies to Drivers Licenses, Passports, State-issued ID cards, Green Cards and Immigration Status Cards only. The Social Security Number has no expiration date.
RESIDENCE ADDRESS: NOT mailing address.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Does anyone in your group use special medical equipment, like a wheelchair, a walker, a portable oxygen device, have a service animal, or have any other special needs? If so, we probably need to discuss this with you so that we can make proper arrangements.

You MUST bring and present the same ID at the time of check in on the date of your tour reservation.

Tour dates fill up fast, and it is recommended that you make reservations for your requested tour date as far in advance as possible.

Tour dates for 2016:

July 15 (Full)
August 12 (Full)
September 9 (Full)
October 7 (Full)
November 4 (Full)
December 2 (Full)

Tour dates for 2017:

January 13 (Full)
February 10
March 10
April 7
May 5
June 2
July 14
August 11
September 8
October 6
November 3
December 1

Full tours all have waiting lists.

To be clear, you do not have a reservation until we receive this information for each person in your group and we send you a confirmation e-mail.

To make reservations, or for more information on our public tours, you can send an e-mail to 412TW.com-rel@edwards.af.mil. You can also call us at 661-277-3517 or 661-277-3510.

Expect an email response within 3 business days. If you do not receive a response, call us to check on it.

Do you have a museum at Edwards? Is it open to the public?

The Air Force Flight Test Museum, normally open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for federal holidays and certain special events; is closed on Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays until further notice.

Their telephone number is (661) 277-8050.

The museum is open to base personnel and individuals who have the appropriate credentials to enter the installation.

Although the base is closed to the general public, there is still an opportunity for the public to visit the museum by taking a tour. See above for further information. To make reservations, or for more information on our public tours, you can send an e-mail to 412TW.com-rel@edwards.af.mil. You can also call us at (661) 277-3517 or (661) 277-3510.

I grew up at Edwards. Am I able to visit the base, housing areas, and schools? Where can I find information on Desert High School Alumni?

Edwards is a closed base. If you do not have a military I.D. card, you must be employed on base as a civilian and have the appropriate identification or you must be sponsored on by someone who lives or works here. In addition to a sponsor, you need a valid driver's license, auto registration and proof of insurance. 

If you'd like to visit the base as part of our general public tours program, which includes a brief windshield tour of the housing area and schools, please visit the Contact Us page and select "Request a Tour."  

Note, there is only one neighborhood that is the same as it was ten years ago, and it was built in 2000. Newer and more modern homes have replaced all the other neighborhoods as Edwards continues to improve its housing and facilities.

For up-to-date information and links to alumni, visit the official Desert High School Web site.  You may also visit the Muroc Joint Unified School District Web site to find information about other schools.

When is the next Open House and Air Show?

There is no Air Show and/or Open House tentatively scheduled for Edwards Air Force Base at this time. Please, continue to monitor this Web site www.edwards.af.mil for more details as they become available.

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