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

YC-15

McDonnell Douglas

 
 
YC-15 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
1. YC-15 Marker
Inscription. Two built by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as Advanced Medium STOL Transport (AMST) with Short Take Off and Landing ability. First flight 26 Aug 1975, landing at Edwards AFB. Pioneered supercritical wing on large aircraft; advanced airlift state of the art; could carry outsized vehicles; lift 27,000-lb. payload from 2,000-ft. runway. Prototype adapted DC-10 cockpit, DC-8 nosewheel, C-141 main landing gear. Display is first aircraft, number 70-1875, later fitted with larger wing. Though not produced in quantity, YC-15 traits show up in later C-17, mass-produced for the Air Force. Wingspan, 110 ft. 4 in. & 132 ft. 7 in.; length, 124 ft. 3 in.; height, 43 ft., 4 in.; gross wt. 219,180 lbs.; cruising speed 535 mph; engines Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofans.

On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Museum.
 
Location. 34° 52.253′ N, 117° 59.42′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Rosamond Boulevard 10 miles east of California Route 14, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at Century Circle, just outside the West Gate of Edwards AFB, CA. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
YC-15 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
2. YC-15 Marker
within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F-104A “Starfighter” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-105D “Thunderchief” (within shouting distance of this marker); TF-102A “Delta Dagger” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-106B “Delta Dart” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101B “Voodoo” (within shouting distance of this marker); YF-100A “Super Sabre” (within shouting distance of this marker); YA-10B Prototype number 73-1664 (approx. 4.8 miles away); NF-4C - "Phantom II" (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Also see . . .  Museum Website. Includes all museum locations, aircraft inventory, and plans for the future museum. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Air Force Flight Test Museum, Flight Test Historical Foundation
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitary
 
YC-15 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
3. YC-15 and Marker
Yc-15 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
4. Yc-15
Sign at Display image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
5. Sign at Display
Display under Construction
Do Not Leave This Path
Enjoy the YC-15 from here
This is the first prototype of 2 Douglas YC-15 transports tested at Edwards AFB in the 1970s, the first large transport to use a supercritical wing. The YC-15's resemblance to the later C-17 is apparent.

(On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF)
Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
6. Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center
Groundbreaking for New Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 23, 2018
7. Groundbreaking for New Museum
Because of increased security, many historic displays inside Edwards AFB are no longer accessible to the public . This new museum will be open to everyone, just outside the West Gate.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 498 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   7. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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