Colonel Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum
"To collect, interpret, preserve, and display aeronautics and aerospace materials relevant to flight research performed over the skies of Boron and the surrounding Aerospace Valley."
The Colonel Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum is located next to the Twenty Mule Team Museum in downtown Boron and serves the public as an educational facility dedicated to preserving flight history and flight research performed over Boron and the surrounding Aerospace Valley. Our further purpose is to provide educational programming for schools and institutions, promote the advancement of aerospace engineering, provide public exhibitions of aeronautical materials and memorabilia, and to serve as a scholarly resource for higher education.
Northern Gateway to the Aerospace Valley
Since the 1940s the town of Boron has served as the approach corridor for experimental and military aircraft landing on the runways of Edwards Air Force Base. Our unique geographic location has earned Boron the title of the "Northern Gateway to the Aerospace Valley" and over the years we have witnessed thousands of experimental test flights being conducted by NACA, NASA, the United States Air Force and private industry.
Several milestones in flight history have taken place in the skies over Boron over the last six decades. One-of-a-kind experimental aircraft, commonly referred to as X-Planes, have continuously flown their high-speed, high-altitude, record-breaking missions in the skies over Boron and the surrounding Aerospace Valley. Some of the historical events that have taken place or originated in the Aerospace Valley include, the breaking the sound barrier (X-1), the first hypersonic flight (X-15), the setting of a world speed record for a winged aircraft (X-15A), the first landing of a NASA Space Shuttle orbiter (Enterprise), and recently the setting of a new world speed record by an air breathing aircraft (X-43A).
The rich aeronautics history of Boron and the Aerospace Valley inspired the Boron Chamber of Commerce to seek a way to preserve as many of these milestones in flight history as possible. In 1997, the Chamber decided to build a lasting tribute to the flight research history our town had been witness to for so many decades. The Chamber had the vision but we needed an aerospace pioneer or military hero to name our facility for. After considering several candidates, one man stood high above the crowd, Colonel Vernon P. Saxon, Jr.
Colonel Vernon P. Saxon Jr. was a former Vice-Commander at the Air Force Test Flight Center at Edwards. During his illustrious career Colonel Saxon spent 17 of his 30 years of military service stationed at Edwards. He also logged more than 4,000 flight hours and many of the missions he flew were over the skies of Boron and the surrounding areas. Some of the aircraft he flew during his 30 year career include the F-4, the A-1, the T-38 and his favorite the F-15.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Colonel Vernon P. Saxon, Jr. Aerospace Museum were held on September 13, 1997. Over one thousand friends, family and local community members attended the ceremonies. Major General Richard Engel spoke to the crowed about Col. Saxon's successful career at the Air Force Flight Test Center and the many sorties he and Col. Saxon had flown on the F-4 fighter. The Boron Chamber's vision of building a world-class aerospace museum was rapidly becoming a reality.
Saxon Aerospace Museum Receives Landscaping Materials
The Saxon Aerospace Museum and the Boron Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Paul and Mike Chism of Tri-Western Resources LLC for their generous donation of 40 tons of crushed rock to add to the landscaping around the Saxon Aerospace Museum. The rock will be spread around the grounds and exhibits on Boron's Annual Community Clean up day scheduled for September 30th. A special thanks also goes out to Tri-Western's dump truck driver Barry Golden for delivering the four loads of crushed rock to the museum.