Richard Branson a Little Confused About Where the Mojave Spaceport is Located

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A majority of Virgin Galactic's future Astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, CA September 25, 2013. AT side is the WhiteKnight2 mated with SpaceShip2. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

About 300 of Virgin Galactic’s future Astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, CA September 25, 2013. AT side is the WhiteKnight2 mated with SpaceShip2. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Richard Branson says he had a great time visiting the Mojave Air and Space Port two weeks ago. If only he knew where it actually was:

On Sept. 25, Virgin Galactic hosted an annual customer gathering at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Arizona.

Oops.

And he was just here two weeks ago. California gets no respect.

Some folks would probably prefer that the spaceport be part of Arizona or Nevada, states much more in tune with their philosophy of limited government and loose regulations. It’s a philosophy, by the way, that tends to fall apart once you step off the airport property into the rundown town of Mojave, an unincorporated community that has no local elected government of its own. In  a supreme irony, local residents elect a board to govern the very well managed spaceport, while their own needs are left to a county government located 60 miles (100 km) on the other side of the Tehachapis.

But, enough about all that. For better or worse, the Mojave Air and Space Port remains in California.