California Science Centre

The aviation highlights of the California Science Centre

Aces Flying High

The California Science Centre is a great place to visit when in Los Angeles and admission is free (except for special exhibitions). Besides scientific and environmental exhibits you can see some fantastic air and space displays including one of a kind prototype aircraft and historic spacecraft.

The aircraft displays are both outside and inside the museum. Outdoors there is an unusual two-seat training version of the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird (normally a single seat reconnaissance spy plane which was primarily constructed from Titanium) used by the C.I.A. from 1962-1968. Upon retirement of the A-12 Blackbird, aerial spying duties were conducted by the similar two seat Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft operated by the USAF. The normal single seat A-12 and the SR-71 were capable of an incredible Mach 3+ speed but the 2 seat training version of the A-12 was “only” capable of Mach 2+ due to the trainer having lower powered Pratt & Whitney J-75 engines instead…

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