Bakersfield is a small quaint town at the southern end of the Californian agricultural heartland also known as the central valley. The agricultural output of Bakersfield and surrounding regions can dwarf the GDP of many countries. However, the city is not really connected with good air routes and traveling in and out of here is a real pain – mostly for lack of connectivity.
On the flip side, the airport is small, and one can get through the security in less than 10 minutes. It has free wi-fi and the lone coffee shop is rather good. One major attraction of the airport is the SpaceShipOne – hung prominently from the roof inside the terminal. SpaceShipOne completed the first manned private spaceflight in 2004. One would not expect this piece of technological innovation in an agricultural town, but considering that the Mojave airbase is close by this is a fitting tribute.
The picture above is of the SpaceShipOne is displayed prominently at the Bakersfield airport.