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Mojave in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mojave Air & Spaceport

 
 
Mojave Air & Spaceport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
1. Mojave Air & Spaceport Marker
Inscription. The Mojave Airport was created in 1935 as part of the Kern County Airport System. The fledgling airport was built to serve gold mines near Mojave. At the outset of World War Two, the airport became a Marine Corps Air Station that trained Marine Aviators in gunnery, producing the most productive aerial gunners in the Pacific War.

Following the war the airport was designed as a Naval Air Station that supported some of the first flight tests of what are now known as unmanned aerial vehicles. During the Korean Conflict, the airport was a Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Station from 1951 to 1959.

In 1972, local voters approved creation of what became the East Kern Airport District, and the airport became an incubator for the emerging private space industry, culmination in 2004 with SpaceShipOne winning the Ansari X-Prize. Over the years, the vision of General Managers Dan Sabovich and Stuart Witt, airport board directors, and a dedicated and innovative staff have contributed to the success of the Mojave Air and SpacePort

In 2010, as the airport celebrated its Diamond Anniversary, a new generation of civilian space vehicles were being developed and tested at the nation’s first commercial spaceport, which also supported a bustling industrial park and transloading of wind turbine components arriving on the airport’s
Mojave Spaceport Markers image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
2. Mojave Spaceport Markers
Dan Dabovich Appreciate Plaque (left) United States Marine Corps Air Station Plaque (Middle), and Mojave Air & Spaceport (Right)
extensive railroad system.
Dedicated September 18, 2010
By the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation And Mojave Chamber of Commerce
to the visionary men and women who have made the Mojave Air and Space Port a place where dreams come true.

“Imagination Flies Here!”

 
Erected 2010 by Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation And Mojave Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 35° 3.355′ N, 118° 9.481′ W. Marker is in Mojave, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Flightline Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1434 Flightline Street, Mojave CA 93501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United States Marine Corps Air Station (here, next to this marker); Golden Queen Mine Cart (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyager Aircraft / SpaceShipOne Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Rocket Roton ATV (within shouting distance of this marker); Mojave 20-Mule Team Borax Terminus (approx. one mile away); Why Tehachapi Pass? / Pioneers of the Wind / Hike A Mile or Two - Thousand
Mojave Air & Spaceport Sign image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, December 4, 2036
3. Mojave Air & Spaceport Sign
(approx. 11.3 miles away); Tomo-Kahni (approx. 12.2 miles away); Willow Springs (approx. 14.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mojave.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, KoreanWar, World II
 
SpaceShipOne image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
4. SpaceShipOne
Located in Legacy Park.
Legacy Park image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
5. Legacy Park
Legacy Park Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
6. Legacy Park Plaque
The Mojave Air & Space Port wishes to recognize the contributions made by those that dared the impossible for future generations

Listing of Contributors.
Legacy Park Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
7. Legacy Park Plaque
The Mojave Control Tower in the background.
Dan Dabovich Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 22, 2012
8. Dan Dabovich Plaque
In Grateful Appreciation
The Board of Directors of the East Kern Airport District dedicates this monument in recognition of the visionary founder and leader of Mojave Airport and the Civilian Flight Test Center.
Dan Dabovich
General Manager
Mr. Sabovich was not only instrumental in the founding of the East Kern Airport District, but through his unique perspective made the development of this airport his life’s work. Beginning in 1969 with the acquisition of an abandon Marine Base to the development of the Airport District in 1972, he brought inspiration and vitality to the area. He charted the successful transformation of Mojave Airport until his retirement in 2002.

Presented by JoAnn Painter, President • Jim Balentine, Director • Loren, Burch, Director • Cathy Hansen, Director • Marie Walker, Director
 
 
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