1960 Photo Gallery. Last updated 17 November, 2015
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Jan 1  -- NAF has 43 aircraft consisting of 1 R4D-8, 1 R4D-4, 1 HRS-3, 1 FJ-4B, 3 F3D-2T2, 1 F4D-1, 4 F9F-6D, 2 FJ-3D2, 1 P2V-4, 1 YP2V-3W, 2 T-28BD, 2 JD-1D, 15 F9F-6K, 8 F6F-5K drones & 1 F-104A. VX-5 has 12 aircraft consisting of 1 F9F-8T, 2 FJ-4B, 5 A4D-2, 2 A4D-2N, 1 A3D-2 & 1 SNB-5.
Hangar No. 3 completed at the Naval Air Facility.
BuWeps and OpTEvFor successful evaluations of the ASROC anti-submarine weapon system.
First successful Polaris firing after underwater launching.
January -- VX-5 received three new A4D-2N Skyhawks and was assigned to develop improved en-route & delivery tactics for nuclear & conventional weapons. LCdr. James Nance was named A4D-2N project officer.
April 13 -- Public Works employee Mr. Jesse Ariel Thomas lost his life in a SNORT Track incident.
13 June -- The Marine Corp Guided Missile Test Unit (MCGMTU) is deactivated.
July 1 -- NAF has 33 aviation officers, 2 other officers, 445 enlisted and 52 aircraft consisting of 1 AD-5N, 1 A3D-2, 1 A4D-1, 1 A4D-2, 1 F3D-2, 3 F3D-2T2, 3 F4D-1, 2 F8U-1, 1 FJ-4, 2 FJ-4B, 1 P2V-3W, 1 P2V-4, 1 R4D-8, 1 HRS-3, 2 JD-1D, 2 T28-BD, 1 F9F-6D, 1 FJ-3D2, 15 F9F-6K, 6 F6F-5K & 1 F-104A. VX-5 has 30 officers, 200 enlisted and 12 aircraft consisting of 1 SNB, 1 F9F-8T, 1 A3D-2, 2 FJ-4B, 4 A4D-2N, 2 A4D-2 & 1 A4D-1.
July 28 -- 1st CALEB R&D flight.
August 1 -- The Naval Air Rocket Test Station, Lake Denmark, NJ, was disestablished and the land was turned over to the Army for incorporation in Picattinny Arsenal. Navy liquid rocket development projects were transferred to other activities, primarily NOTS China Lake, CA; the Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, MD.; and the Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, VA.
Sep. 22 -- U.S. Marine Corp Capt. Howard O. Casada Jr. lost his life when his Navy F-104A Starfighter (56-0740) collided with Josephine mountain north of  Los Angeles, CA.
Oct. 21 -- U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Jan M. Graves lost his life when his F4D-1 Skyray (130745) flipped over on it's back while simulating carrier takeoffs & landings on runway 21.The cause was determined to have been a broken wire on the rudder system positioning feed back servo which caused the rudder to fully deflect just after lift-off.
Oct. 24 -- 2nd CALEB R&D flight unsuccessful after 2nd stage failed.
Dec. 13 -- Civil Service employees Mr. Robert B. Hughes of Code 3081, Test Department, and Mr. Hubert J. Stanfill of Code 3081, Test Department, lost their lives at San Clemente when a rocket motor ignited prematurely.
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A4D-2N Skyhawk 145064 A4D-2N Skyhawk 145064
A4D-2N Skyhawk 145064

 VX-5 Vampires A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145064, XE-1, one of three received by VX-5 (others were 145066 and 145068) waits to begin its specialized work. Pictured (l-r) are pilots, LCdr. James W. Nance, Project Officer, LCdr. HarryS. Sellers, final Delivery Tactics Officer and LCdr. N. Jackson Gambrill, En Route Tactics Officer. Rocketeer photo.

refrigerated detector unit refrigerated detector unit
refrigerated detector unit

AIM-9 Sidewinder refrigerated detector unit, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Sadeye art Sadeye art
Sadeye art

MK-17 Sadeye art, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Gladeye art Gladeye art
Gladeye art

MK-17 Gladeye dispenser (CBU's, chaff, leaflets etc.) artwork, China Lake, about 1960.

FJ-4B Fury 139285 FJ-4B Fury 139285
FJ-4B Fury 139285

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139285, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo from Art Jensen.

FJ-4B Fury 139285 FJ-4B Fury 139285
FJ-4B Fury 139285

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139285, COBRA (aka Shrike) missile, Armitage Field, China Lake, 06 Jan 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-4B Fury 143606 FJ-4B Fury 143606
FJ-4B Fury 143606

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143606, hooking DART target, China Lake, 07 Jan 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Armitage Field Armitage Field
Armitage Field

Armitage Field from about the 7,500' mark on runway 3/21, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

Larry Ruybal Larry Ruybal
Larry Ruybal

Larry Ruybal at the wheel of the Cherry Picker, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

Jig Dog and Skyraider Jig Dog and Skyraider
Jig Dog and Skyraider

NAF China Lake JD-1D Jig Dog BuNo 77142 at left (west side of hangar 3) & NAF AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132521 at right (south side of hangar 3), Armitage Field, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, Armitage Field, China Lake, circa 1960. F9F-6 Cougar at right and F6F-5K Hellcats at left. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F9F-6K Cougar 130837 F9F-6K Cougar 130837
F9F-6K Cougar 130837

NAF China Lake F9F-6K Cougar BuNo 130837, Armitage Field, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

Fury and Skyraider Fury and Skyraider
Fury and Skyraider

NAF China Lake FJ-4 Fury BuNo 139285 & NAF AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132521, south side of hangar 3, Armitage Field, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F6F-5K Hellcat 77722 F6F-5K Hellcat 77722
F6F-5K Hellcat 77722
NAF China Lake F6F-5K Hellcat drone BuNo 77722, Wash Rack, Armitage Field, China Lake, 01 Feb 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.
B-29A outer wing panels B-29A outer wing panels
B-29A outer wing panels

B-29A Superfortress outer wing panels after Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead test, Area R, China Lake, 25 February 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

B-29A outer wing panels B-29A outer wing panels
B-29A outer wing panels

B-29A Superfortress outer wing panels after Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead test, Area R, China Lake, 25 February 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

B-29A outer wing panels B-29A outer wing panels
B-29A outer wing panels

B-29A Superfortress outer wing panels after Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead test, Area R, China Lake, 25 February 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-100D Super Sabre F-100D Super Sabre
F-100D Super Sabre

USAF F-100D Super Sabre, TDU-12/B Skydart Air-Launched Rocket-Powered IR Missile Target, China Lake, 07 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Randsburg Wash Randsburg Wash
Randsburg Wash

To eliminate the necessity for dismantling this 39-ton bomber for trucking, to Randsburg Wash, Captain Charles Kuyk jr., from Edwards Air Force Base landed the B-47B Stratojet at 180 miles per hour on a 14-foot wide strip and maneuvered to keep centered within seven feet to avoid sinking through the unpaved section. The Air Force and Navy have combined efforts in preparation for testing of a new air target fuze to determine response under all possible tactical conditions as well as the short range radar target cross section. The plane will be suspended above the ground between two 360-foot towers in order to simulate flight, 12 March 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo. (note the B-17 at right)

B-47B Stratojet B-47B Stratojet
B-47B Stratojet

USAF B-47B Stratojet, s/n 50-016, after landing on a 14 foot wide strip on Randsburg Wash Range, Bomarc test, 12 March 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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USAF B-47B Stratojet, s/n 50-016, after landing on a 14 foot wide strip on Randsburg Wash Range, Bomarc test, 12 March 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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USAF CAPT Charles Kuyk, Jr., from Edwards AFB after landing the B-47B Stratojet on the Randsburg Wash Range, 12 March 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

H-21B Workhorse H-21B Workhorse
H-21B Workhorse

USAF H-21B Workhorse s/n 52-8675, Bomarc test, Randsburg Wash Range, 12 March 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F8U-1 Crusader F8U-1 Crusader
F8U-1 Crusader

NAF China Lake F8U-1 Crusader BuNo 144435, Sidewinder 1C missile, China Lake, 18 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0740 F-104A Starfighter 56-0740
F-104A Starfighter 56-0740

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter s/n 56-0740, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 22 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0740 F-104A Starfighter 56-0740
F-104A Starfighter 56-0740

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter s/n 56-0740, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 22 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Blackburn NA.39 Blackburn NA.39
Blackburn NA.39

Supersonic Track Division personnel and members of the British Test Team pose by the nose capsule of the Blackburn NA.39 following successful seat ejection tests at SNORT Track. In front row (l-r) are: L. G. (Red) Garman, Division Head, William Moore, Project Engineer; Kenneth Codd, Blackburn Aircraft Engineer; and J. W. Gardner, Head of Track Projects Branch. Shown in back (l-r) are: Frank Smith. Martin-Baker technical representative, and Blackburn engineering representatives Blair McDonald, William Ruler, and Dan Boyes, China Lake, 25 March 1960. Rocketeer photo.

AD-5N Skyraider AD-5N Skyraider
AD-5N Skyraider

NAF China Lake AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132521, Polaris, China Lake, 30 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB rocket motor, Armitage Field, China Lake, 15 Apr 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

CALEB rocket motor CALEB rocket motor
CALEB rocket motor

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB rocket motor, Armitage Field, China Lake, 15 Apr 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

VMA-311 Tomcats VMA-311 Tomcats
VMA-311 Tomcats

VMA-311 Tomcats A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142946, WL-2, Armitage Field, China Lake, 15 Apr 1960. L-r standing: Gustafson, Coxe, Cox, McCauley, Baker, Trant, Murphy, James & Ruescher. L-r sitting: Emery, Clark, Col. Rushlow, Glass, Cornish & Coffin. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-104A Starfighter 57-1328 F-104A Starfighter 57-1328
F-104A Starfighter 57-1328

USAF F-104A Starfighter s/n 57-1328, Sidewinder 1C missile, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 18 Apr 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Sidewinder 1C IR Sidewinder 1C IR
Sidewinder 1C IR

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter s/n 56-0740, Sidewinder 1C IR missile, Armitage Field, China Lake, 28 Apr 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

YA4D-1 Skyhawk 137818 YA4D-1 Skyhawk 137818
YA4D-1 Skyhawk 137818

NAF China Lake YA4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, MK-77 Napalm ordinance, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 02 May 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Slick Airways Slick Airways
Slick Airways

Slick Airways Super Connie N6937C at San Francisco Int'l Airport, 07 May 1960. Photo by Lawrence S. Smalley, courtesy of Greg Vaughn.

A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818 A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818
A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818 in-flight firing 5" ZUNI FFAR's, China Lake, 11 May 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Naval Attaches Naval Attaches
Naval Attaches

Foreign Naval Attaches arriving on an NAS Anacostia R5D Skymaster are welcomed upon their arrival at NAF China Lake, 10 May 1960. Rocketeer photo.

FJ-4B Fury 143606 FJ-4B Fury 143606
FJ-4B Fury 143606

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143606, MK-81 iron bombs, west side of hangar 2, Armitage Field, China Lake, 13 May 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-4B Fury 143606 FJ-4B Fury 143606
FJ-4B Fury 143606

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143606, MK-81 iron bombs, west side of hangar 2, Armitage Field, China Lake, 13 May 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F3D-2T Skyknight 124595 F3D-2T Skyknight 124595
F3D-2T Skyknight 124595

NAF China Lake F3D-2T Skyknight BuNo 124595, Cobra (aka Shrike) missile, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 May 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Cobra (aka Shrike) missile Cobra (aka Shrike) missile
Cobra (aka Shrike) missile

NAF China Lake F3D-2T Skyknight BuNo 124595, Cobra (aka Shrike) missile, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 May 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

SNORT sleds SNORT sleds
SNORT sleds

Armed Forces Day visitors inspect the various capsules and sleds at the SNORT facility, China Lake, 21 May 1960. The one at front center looks like the Vigi sled. Rocketeer photo.

A3D-2 Skywarrior 142654 A3D-2 Skywarrior 142654
A3D-2 Skywarrior 142654

VX-5 Vampires A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 142654, XE-15, in-flight, circa June 1960. Photo from Dave Woolsey.

Cobra (aka Shrike) missile Cobra (aka Shrike) missile
Cobra (aka Shrike) missile

NAF China Lake F3D-2T Skyknight BuNo 124616, Cobra (aka Shrike) missile, China Lake, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F3D-2T Skyknight 124616 F3D-2T Skyknight 124616
F3D-2T Skyknight 124616

NAF China Lake F3D-2T Skyknight BuNo 124616, Cobra (aka Shrike) missile, F8U-1 Crusader BuNo 145443 at right, China Lake, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Ronald W. Bowen Ronald W. Bowen
Ronald W. Bowen

VX-5 Vampires Ordie AN Ronald W. Bowen was declared the winner of the Golden Shoe Club Award when a Mk-7 Practice Bomb slipped off a transport carriage and struck the top of his safety boot, tearing a two-inch gash in the boot toe, China Lake, 03 June 1960. Rocketeer photo.

continuous rod warhead test continuous rod warhead test
continuous rod warhead test

Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead test, Area R, China Lake, 09 June 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Witness plate Witness plate
Witness plate

Witness plate 6-9-60 C.R. 13-1 after Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead test, Area R, China Lake, 09 June 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Witness plate Witness plate
Witness plate

Witness plate 6-9-60 C.R. 13-2 after Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead test, Area R, China Lake, 09 June 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Alan Hale Jr. Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.

Alan Hale Jr., TV and movie star, poses in front of NAF China Lake R4D-5 Skytrain BuNo 17121 with Little League queen Sylvia Castaneda, Babe Ruth and Little League players. China Lake, 10 June 1960. Rocketeer photo.

F3D-2M Skyknight F3D-2M Skyknight
F3D-2M Skyknight

Former NAF China Lake F3D-2M Skyknight BuNo 127083, Litchfield Park, June 1960. Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

T-28B Trojan 138345 T-28B Trojan 138345
T-28B Trojan 138345

NAF China Lake T-28B Trojan BuNo 138345, 50cal. gun pods, Armitage Field, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo Global Air Image

R4D-5 Skytrain 17121 R4D-5 Skytrain 17121
R4D-5 Skytrain 17121

NAF China Lake R4D-5 Skytrain BuNo 17121, circa 1960. R5D at left is from NAS Anacostia, tail code 6A. Photographer unknown.

A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818 A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818
A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, MER & Mk-81, Armitage Field, China Lake, 27 Jun 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo. F9F-6K Cougars in the background including BuNo 130943.

A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818 A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818
A4D-1 Skyhawk 137818

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, MER & Mk-81, Armitage Field, China Lake, 27 Jun 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Norton Talos Norton Talos
Norton Talos

Norton Talos pressure test, Run 1, SNORT, China Lake, 27 June 1960. Photo from the R.L. Lawson Collection.

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press stand press stand
press stand

Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead case in a press stand, China Lake, 01 July 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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press stand

Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead case in a press stand, China Lake, 01 July 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

RAdm. Charles J. Bergin RAdm. Charles J. Bergin
RAdm. Charles J. Bergin

RAdm. Charles J. Bergin (left), newly appointed commander of ComOpTevFor, is shown with Capt. K . S. Van Meter, VX-5 CO, before taking an orientation flight of the area in VX-5 Vampires A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 142654, XE-15. China Lake, 08 July 1960. Rocketeer photo.

CALEB CALEB
CALEB

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 28 Jul 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 28 Jul 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

CALEB CALEB
CALEB

NAF F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 28 Jul 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0740 F-104A Starfighter 56-0740
F-104A Starfighter 56-0740

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter s/n 56-0740 with a Sidewinder 1-C missile, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 22 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo from R.L. Lawson collection.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0740 F-104A Starfighter 56-0740
F-104A Starfighter 56-0740

Sidewinder 1-C missile on NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter s/n 56-0740, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 22 Mar 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo from R.L. Lawson collection.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0740 F-104A Starfighter 56-0740
F-104A Starfighter 56-0740

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter s/n 56-0740, Sidewinder 1C IR missile, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 29 Jul 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

RCAF CC-109 Cosmopolitan RCAF CC-109 Cosmopolitan
RCAF CC-109 Cosmopolitan

RCAF CC-109 Cosmopolitan s/n 11158, NAF China Lake DT-28B Trojan BuNo 137667, NAF A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, NAF A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818 & VX-5 Vampires FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139549, China Lake, circa August 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

AD-5Q Skyraider 135031 AD-5Q Skyraider 135031
AD-5Q Skyraider 135031

VAW-11 AD-5Q Skyraider BuNo 135031, RR-756, radar pod, Armitage Field, China Lake, 12 Aug 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

AD-5Q Skyraider 135031 AD-5Q Skyraider 135031
AD-5Q Skyraider 135031

VAW-11 AD-5Q Skyraider BuNo 135031, RR-756, radar pod, Armitage Field, China Lake, 12 Aug 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F8U-2N Crusader 147036 F8U-2N Crusader 147036
F8U-2N Crusader 147036

Vought F8U-2N Crusader BuNo 147036, 2nd of its type, south side of hangar 3, Armitage Field, China Lake, 27 Aug 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F8U-2N Crusader 147036 F8U-2N Crusader 147036
F8U-2N Crusader 147036

Vought F8U-2N Crusader BuNo 147036, 2nd of its type, south side of hangar 3, Armitage Field, China Lake, 27 Aug 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0740 F-104A Starfighter 56-0740
F-104A Starfighter 56-0740

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter BuNo 56-0740, Armitage Field, China Lake, photo file date 01 Jan 1961. Crashed into Josephine mountain north of Los Angeles, 22 Sep 1960. Pilot USMC Capt. Harold O. Casada Jr. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 144936 A4D-2 Skyhawk 144936
A4D-2 Skyhawk 144936

VA-23 Black Knights pilots and A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 144936, NE-4xx, Armitage Field, China Lake, 01 Sep 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-4B Fury 141478 FJ-4B Fury 141478
FJ-4B Fury 141478

Just received VX-5 Vampires FJ-4B Fury BuNo 141478 gets a full inventory and inspection. At right is VX-5 A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145075 (XE-3), China Lake, September 1960. Naval Aviation News photo.

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KDA Firebee drone KDA Firebee drone
KDA Firebee drone

NAF China Lake JD-1D Jig Dog drone director BuNo 77156 and KDA Firebee drone s/n 4580 on the loader, Frank Turchi adjusting the sway braces & Jim Thompson on the loader, China Lake, ca. 1960. Photo from Frank Turchi.

JD-1D drone director 77156 JD-1D drone director 77156
JD-1D drone director 77156

NAF China Lake JD-1D Jig Dog drone director BuNo 77156 and KDA Firebee drone s/n 44754, east side of hangar 2, China Lake, ca. October 1960. Photo from Rick Saiger.

JD-1D drone directors JD-1D drone directors
JD-1D drone directors

NAF China Lake JD-1D Jig Dog drone directors BuNo 77142 & 77156, east side of hangar 2, China Lake, ca. 1960. Photo from Rick Saiger.

KDA crew KDA crew
KDA crew

NAF China Lake KDA crew posed for this picture right after they started having in-flight emergencies with the JD's, China Lake, abt 1960. From lower left, R. B. Saiger AT2, David O. Teasdale AE1, crew chief, standing is Jim Thomas AT2, and Jim Thompson AT2. Photo from Rick Saiger.

Thirteen senior officers Thirteen senior officers
Thirteen senior officers

Thirteen senior officers from friendly allied nations pose in front of NAS North Island R4Y-1 Samaritan BuNo 141022 after their arrival at NAF for a tour of NOTS, China Lake, 14 October 1960. (l-r) front row are: Cdr. GaliIeo Acosta, Philippines; Cdr. Prasob Udnoon, Thailand; Capt. Youngson Hwang, Korea; Capt. Toshifusa Hayashi, Japan; Cdr. Ikramul Haq Malik, Pakistan; Lt. Col. Jose R. Rodriguez, Spain; Cdr. Gerd Schreisber, Germany; Cdr. Jorge Arnillas, Peru; Cdr. Chit Sein, Burma. Back row: (l-r) . LCdr. John Davis instructor and coordinator of Junior Officer's courses; Cdr. E. A. Williams, director of training at ASW; Lt. Col Rafael M. Borderhore, Spain; Lt. M. J. Shine, staff instructor; Capt. Shih-yung Li, China; Cdr. Ugo Masetti, Italy; and Lt. Col. Ismar F. DaCosta, Brazil. Rocketeer photo.

AAM-N-10 Eagle missile AAM-N-10 Eagle missile
AAM-N-10 Eagle missile

Artist's conception of what the Navy's AAM-N-10 Eagle air-to-air missile will look like as it streaks to its target. Launching aircraft and a fleet task force hover over the horizon (insert). China Lake, 14 October 1960. Rocketeer photo.

YC-97A Stratofreighter YC-97A Stratofreighter
YC-97A Stratofreighter

USAF YC-97A Stratofreighter cargo transport, s/n 45-5959x, Armitage Field, China Lake, 18 Oct 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo. Unknown A3D Skywarrior at left.

CALEB transport CALEB transport
CALEB transport

CALEB transport, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 Oct 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

CALEB CALEB
CALEB

CALEB, aka NOTS EV-2, was designed as an air-launched four-stage (NOTS-500, an ABL X-248, a NOTS-100A and a small spherical NOTS motor) all-solid rocket, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 Oct 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4D-1 Skyray 134856 F4D-1 Skyray 134856
F4D-1 Skyray 134856

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 134856, CALEB upload, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 Oct 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 October 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 24 Oct 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 145041 A4D-2 Skyhawk 145041
A4D-2 Skyhawk 145041

VX-5 Vampires A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 145041, XE-5, in-flight with Snakeyes on MERs, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo from "Frenchy" LeBlanc.

VX-5 Vampires officers VX-5 Vampires officers
VX-5 Vampires officers

VX-5 Vampires A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145068, XE-4, & squadron officers, China Lake, circa 1960. Photo from "Frenchy" LeBlanc.

VA-25 Fist of the Fleet VA-25 Fist of the Fleet
VA-25 Fist of the Fleet

VA-25 Fist of the Fleet (AD-6 Skyraiders) practicing nuclear weapons delivery (Loft Bombing) at NAF China Lake November 1960. Chuck Muhl standing on the far left, next to him is Jack Feldhaus, others unknown. Photo courtesy of the Fist of the Fleet Association.

A-4C Skyhawks A-4C Skyhawks
A-4C Skyhawks

VX-5 Vampires A-4C Skyhawks BuNo BuNo 145075, XE-3, & BuNo 145066, XE-2, Armitage Field, China Lake, 09 Nov 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

VX-5 Vampires hangar VX-5 Vampires hangar
VX-5 Vampires hangar

Sea Horse squadron in-flight over VX-5 Vampires hangar, Armitage Field, China Lake, 09 Nov 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-4C Skyhawk 145075 A-4C Skyhawk 145075
A-4C Skyhawk 145075

VX-5 Vampires A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145075, XE-03, Mk-81 bombs on MERs, Armitage Field, China Lake, 16 November 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-4C Skyhawk 145075 A-4C Skyhawk 145075
A-4C Skyhawk 145075

VX-5 Vampires A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145075, XE-03, Mk-81 bombs on MERs, Armitage Field, China Lake, 16 November 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB in-flight, 17 Nov 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4D-1 Skyray 130745 F4D-1 Skyray 130745
F4D-1 Skyray 130745

NAF China Lake F4D-1 Skyray BuNo 130745, CALEB in flight, China Lake, ca. 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo from the secret City video.

P2V-4 Neptune 124238 P2V-4 Neptune 124238
P2V-4 Neptune 124238

NAF China Lake P2V-4 Neptune BuNo 124238, Skywarrior nose, China Lake circa 1960-1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Mk-55 adapter Mk-55 adapter
Mk-55 adapter

Original working model of adapter for Mk-55 by Chief Brelsford.
Perfected model, by toolmaker John Harris, of adapter for Mk-55 ready for installation.
An Aero-X2A rack equipped with six Mk-55 bomb racks which have been modified to carry Mk-106 practice bombs are shown on an FJ-4B Fury.
China Lake, 09 December 1960. Rocketeer photo.

FJ-4B Fury 143605 FJ-4B Fury 143605
FJ-4B Fury 143605

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143605, ARM, Armitage Field, China Lake, 12 Dec 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

PADEYE dispenser PADEYE dispenser
PADEYE dispenser

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143606, PADEYE smoke tank, Armitage Field, China Lake, 12 Dec 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-4B Fury 143606 FJ-4B Fury 143606
FJ-4B Fury 143606

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143606, PADEYE smoke tank, Armitage Field, China Lake, 12 Dec 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.l U.S. Navy photo.

G-2 Range control room G-2 Range control room
G-2 Range control room

Marshall Kriesel (L) in the G-2 Range control room, prior to launch time, China Lake, 21 December 1960. LIFE photo by Grey-Villet.

Mark V rocket Mark V rocket
Mark V rocket

Marshall Kriesel looking over his Mark V rocket after successful test firing, China Lake, 21 December 1960. LIFE photo by Grey-Villet.

AGM-62 Walleye AGM-62 Walleye
AGM-62 Walleye

AGM-62 Walleye TV guided bomb, China Lake, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

aerodynamic testing aerodynamic testing
aerodynamic testing

AGM-45 Shrike aerodynamic testing southwest of B Mountain, China Lake, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

aerodynamic testing aerodynamic testing
aerodynamic testing

AGM-45 Shrike aerodynamic testing southwest of B Mountain, China Lake, circa 1960. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-104A Starfighter 56-0757 F-104A Starfighter 56-0757
F-104A Starfighter 56-0757

NAF China Lake F-104A Starfighter BuNo 56-0757, west side of hangar 2, Armitage Field, China Lake, 01 Jan 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

TV-2 Seastar 141547 TV-2 Seastar 141547
TV-2 Seastar 141547

NAF China Lake TV-2 Seastar BuNo 141547 (former USAF 55-3062), Armitage Field, China Lake, 01 Jan 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F6F-5K Hellcat 77722 F6F-5K Hellcat 77722
F6F-5K Hellcat 77722

F6F-5K Hellcat drone BuNo 77722 at Pt Mugu after its transfer from NAF China Lake in late 1960. Photo by John Campbell.