The SMC Heritage Center is a heritage activity of the National Museum of the United States Air Force which allows the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. to display collections of artifacts about SMC's history. The SMC Heritage Center opened a new central display area on Oct. 22, 2014. Its mission is to collect, preserve and provide information about the programs, accomplishments, and heritage of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the space missions of the United States Air Force.
Displays are included on the ground floor lobby areas of Bldgs. 270 and 271, and in the new SMC Heritage Center, located on the ground floor of Bldg. 271 in Room B1-516-525.
The displays include new graphics, scale models, and artifacts dealing with the history of programs such as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN), Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV), Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), and others. The SMC Heritage Center also features a large time line of SMC's accomplishments and facsimiles of important early space documents such as early RAND Corporation (R
evelopment[) studies of a military satellite system and the 1955 King briefing for Gen. Schriever on transferring WS 117L from the Wright Air Development Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio to the Western Development Division in El Segundo, Calif.
Additionally, the area has a film room providing access to the History Office's digitally restored films from early military space programs.
For Los Angeles AFB members, the SMC Heritage Center is available virtually on SharePoint
For Los Angeles AFB members, historical podcasts are available on SharePoint
For the general public, these historical podcasts are also available on the external Los Angeles AFB website
The SMC Heritage Center is supported by a non-profit organization, the SMC Heritage Foundation
You can also follow the SMC Heritage Center on social via Facebook
SMC Heritage Center Hours
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Thursday: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Starting in September, tours of the SMC Heritage Center will be given twice a week:
Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Tours can be requested by emailing the SMC Heritage Center: SMC.HO.HeritageCenter@us.af.mil
Film Day schedule
Thursdays: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.