Mojave Spaceport Thrives Even as Economy Tanks

Mojave airport: A bright spot in a gloomy economy
The Bakersfield Californian

Super-secret aircraft. Mysterious, unannounced test flights. “Black hangars” where few are granted entry.

That’s the attraction and mystique of Mojave Air and Space Port, home to the world’s most eclectic collection of experimental aircraft, cowboy aviators and rebel engineers ever assembled by private enterprise.

As the rest of the county — and the nation — tries to find its footing in today’s down-spiraling economy, Mojave Air and Space Port is enjoying one of its best years ever.

“I built a budget with the thought we’d be down 15 percent; We’re up 11 percent,” 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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