Mojave airport: A bright spot in a gloomy economy
The Bakersfield Californian
Super-secret aircraft. Mysterious, unannounced test flights. â€œBlack hangarsâ€ where few are granted entry.
Thatâ€™s the attraction and mystique of Mojave Air and Space Port, home to the worldâ€™s most eclectic collection of experimental aircraft, cowboy aviators and rebel engineers ever assembled by private enterprise.
As the rest of the county â€” and the nation â€” tries to find its footing in todayâ€™s down-spiraling economy, Mojave Air and Space Port is enjoying one of its best years ever.
â€œI built a budget with the thought weâ€™d be down 15 percent; Weâ€™re up 11 percent,â€ said Stuart Witt, general manager of the airport made famous in 2004 when SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded rocketplane to send a man to suborbital space and back again.
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