1946 Photo Gallery. Last updated 09 May, 2016
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Dedication of Armitage Field at the Naval Air Facility.
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Overlooking Harvey Airfield Overlooking Harvey Airfield
Overlooking Harvey Airfield

Overlooking Harvey Airfield and the Kodiak hangar from the west, 01 Jan. 1946. Official U.S. Navy photo.

SB2C-5 Helldiver SB2C-5 Helldiver
SB2C-5 Helldiver

SB2C-5 Helldiver, Harvey gun pods, making a low pass, China Lake, 01 Feb 1946. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Salt Wells Pilot Plant Salt Wells Pilot Plant
Salt Wells Pilot Plant

A typical dock at the Salt Wells Pilot Plant in 1946. Rocketeer photo.

Corsair war memorial Corsair war memorial
Corsair war memorial

Unknown F4U-1F/FG-1D Corsair war memorial dedication by Capt. Sykes at the Ridgecrest, CA USO Building, aka Federal Recreation Building, 16 February 1946.

Corsair war memorial Corsair war memorial
Corsair war memorial

Unknown F4U-1F/FG-1D Corsair war memorial dedication by Capt. Sykes at the Ridgecrest, CA USO Building, aka Federal Recreation Building, 16 February 1946.

O-in-CC fire O-in-CC fire
O-in-CC fire

To many "old timers" the date of the O-in-CC Building fire is a bit hazy after 22 years, but not to Nan Halsey, of NAF, she was in the building when it broke out at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 1946. Rocketeer photo.

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PB4Y-1 Liberator PB4Y-1 Liberator
PB4Y-1 Liberator

PB4Y-1 Liberator BuNo 65326 & Convair KAY-1 LARK, China Lake, 26 April 1946. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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PB4Y-2 Privateer PB4Y-2 Privateer
PB4Y-2 Privateer

Pt. Mugu PB4Y-2 Privateer BuNo 59835, circa 1946.

PB4Y-2 Privateer PB4Y-2 Privateer
PB4Y-2 Privateer

Pt. Mugu PB4Y-2 Privateer BuNo 59835 and crew member, circa 1946.

PB4Y-2 Privateer PB4Y-2 Privateer
PB4Y-2 Privateer

Pt. Mugu PB4Y-2 Privateer BuNo 59835 and radio crew, circa 1946.

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Tiny Tim Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim rocket power is demonstrated for the press as it explodes it way through 3" armor plate & wood bulkhead, China Lake, December 1946. March 1947 Naval Aviation News photo.

Tiny Tim demonstration Tiny Tim demonstration
Tiny Tim demonstration

A 3" armor plate & wood bulkhead after it was hit by a 11.75" Tiny Tim rocket during a demonstration for the press, China Lake, December 1946. Official U.S. Navy photo.

PBJ-1J Mitchell BuNo 35849 PBJ-1J Mitchell BuNo 35849
PBJ-1J Mitchell BuNo 35849

NAF China Lake PBJ-1J Mitchell BuNo 35849, Harvey launcher spinner rocket loading, December 1946. Official U.S. Navy photo.

PBJ-1J Mitchell PBJ-1J Mitchell
PBJ-1J Mitchell

PBJ-1J Mitchell BuNo 35849, Harvey 5.0" rocket launcher announcement, December 1946. Official U.S. Navy photo.