1961 Photo Gallery. Last updated 14 November, 2016
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Jan 1 -- NAF has 30 aviation officers, 1 other officers, 403 enlisted and 53 aircraft consisting of 4 FJ-3D2, 2 T28-BD, 1 P2V-5D, 1 P2V-4, 2 JD-1D, 15 F9F-6K, 4 F6F-5K, 1 R4D-8, 1 R4D-6, 1 HRS-3, 1 AD-5N, 1 A4D-2N, 2 A4D-2, 3 A4D-1, 1 FJ-4, 2 FJ-4B, 3 F3D-2, 1 F4D, 1 F-104A, 3 F8U-1, 1 F8U-2N, 1 F9F-8T, 1 S2F-3. VX-5 has 27 aviation officers, 2 other officers, 185 enlisted and 12 aircraft consisting of 1 SNB-5, 1 F9F-8T, 3 FJ-4B, 4 A4D-2N, 2 A4D-2 & 1 A4D-1.
The Propulsion Applied Research Laboratory, first of its type in the nation, established.
Sixteen Cyclops silver iodide generators dropped into Hurricane Esther, destroyed 1/3 of the cloud wall.
Dedication of Skytop II, one of the Navy's largest vertical nozzle-down facilities.
April 28 -- U.S. Marine Corp Capt. David L. Hess lost his life from injuries sustained on April 7th when his Navy F-104A Starfighter (56-0757) crashed at George AFB.
July 01 -- The administration and support of the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, San Clemente Island, were assigned to the NAF CO.
Aug 28 -- NOTS, China Lake reported on tests of Snakeye I mechanical retardation devices which were being developed to permit low altitude bombing with the MK 80 family of low drag bombs.
Oct. 05 -- uprated CALEB failed from unknown cause.
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VX-5 Vampires Skyhawks VX-5 Vampires Skyhawks
VX-5 Vampires Skyhawks

VX-5 Vampires A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 145041, XE-5 and A4D-2 BuNo 142122 in mottled brown camouflage, in-flight circa 1960-1962. Official U.S. Navy photo from Dave Woolsey.

F3D-2T Skyknight 125807 F3D-2T Skyknight 125807
F3D-2T Skyknight 125807

NAF China Lake F3D-2T Skyknight BuNo 125807 in flight circa 1961. Photo courtesy of Angelo Romano www.navarchives.com.

A3D-1 Skywarrior 142404 A3D-1 Skywarrior 142404
A3D-1 Skywarrior 142404

VAH-6 Fleurs A3D-1 Skywarrior BuNo 142404, NAF radar tower in the background, China Lake, 01 Feb 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Mk-83 on the stbd wing, NAF China Lake, 01 February 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Explosives storage area Explosives storage area
Explosives storage area

Explosives storage area, China Lake, 06 February 1961.

Fury bomb rack Fury bomb rack
Fury bomb rack

RAdm Dean Black (c) is shown following an inspection of the VX-5 Vampires designed FJ-4B Fury bomb rack during his visit here this week. He witnessed a demonstration of the rack in use at Charlie Range. Others (l-r) are Cdr. Bob Kuntz, Capt. W. W. Hollister, and Cdr. C. L. (Pappy) Wilson. Adm. Black is Deputy Commander, Field Command, Defense Atomic Support Agency, Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM. China Lake 10 February 1961. Rocketeer photo.

VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers
VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers

VMA-211 Wake Island Avengers A4D-2N Skyhawk formation, CF-2 BuNo 145125, CF-15 BuNo 145109, CF-14 BuNo 145113 & CF-5 BuNo 145101, China Lake, 13 Feb 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139285, SADIE, China Lake, 15 Feb 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Helicopter ROP Helicopter ROP
Helicopter ROP

Helicopter ROP, T range, 17 February 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Monterey Navy League Monterey Navy League
Monterey Navy League

Monterey Navy League Council poses in front of VR-21 R4Y-1 Samaritan BuNo 141010, RZ-010, China Lake, 14 October 1960. Rocketeer photo.

Kuntz and Muncie Kuntz and Muncie
Kuntz and Muncie

Posing in front of an unknown VX-5 Vampires Skyhawk Cdr. Robert E. Kuntz (l) hands his aircraft fire control grip handle to LCdr Boyd Muncie who takes over as the Squadrons Project Director. Cdr. Kuntz will assume command of VF-21, NAS Alameda. China Lake, 3 March 1961. Rocketeer photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Mk-256 practice fuze with cameras on the wing stations, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 13 Mar 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Mk-256 practice fuze with cameras on the wing stations, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 13 Mar 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F9F-6K Cougar 128292 F9F-6K Cougar 128292
F9F-6K Cougar 128292

Veteran NAF China Lake pilots LCdrs. Walt Henning, Andy Berthelson, and NAF drone aircraft controller LCdr. John McIlmoil, saved the taxpayer and the Navy an estimated $100,000 by their quick thinking and skill when they safely landed F9F-6K Cougar drone BuNo 128292, China Lake, 10 March 1961. Rocketeer photo. The Cougar had a gash 8" x 8' long in its tail section that damaged the rudder controls. At the time, NAF had ten flyable F9F-6K jet drones, seven Ryan KDA-4 Firebees radio controlled drones, five Beechcraft KDB missile target drones, and four F6F Grumman Hellcats.

Catshell Sled Catshell Sled
Catshell Sled

Catshell Sled, the U.S. Army's "soft-recovery" vehicle is composed of three parts: the main wedge in the forefont; the recovery box filled with Ensolite, a sponge rubber material, mounted on five 50,000 lb. thrust motors which are separately primed but simultaneously fired, China Lake, 17 March 1961. Rocketeer photo.

projectile catch projectile catch
projectile catch

This extraordinary photograph taken with a 70 mm "ballistic synchro" camera, which revolves at the same relative speed as sled, shows projectile overtaking rocket sled at SNORT, 17 March 1961. Rocketeer photo. At time of catch the 118 lb. shell is travelling at 1,625 feet per second and the sled at 1,450 ft., per second. Intercept occurs 1,000 feet from Howitzer's muzzle to recover an undamaged 155mm projectile. The shell's blunt nose is only a test feature to reduce catch velocity.

Lt. William S. Fiske Lt. William S. Fiske
Lt. William S. Fiske

U.S. Army project coordinator 1st. Lt. William S. Fiske from the Experimental Test and Evaluation Section of the Technical Services Laboratory at Picatinny temporarily assigned to the Catshell test program at NOTS, turns from the 25-powered binocular in the fire control booth at SNORT after tracking a successful double-shot sled run, China Lake, 17 March 1961. Rocketeer photo.

Soft-Landing Vehicle Soft-Landing Vehicle
Soft-Landing Vehicle

Soft-Landing Vehicle (SLV), China Lake, 21 March 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-4B Fury 143656 FJ-4B Fury 143656
FJ-4B Fury 143656

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143656, ARM (aka SHRIKE), China Lake, 22 March 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

ARM (aka SHRIKE) ARM (aka SHRIKE)
ARM (aka SHRIKE)

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143656, ARM (aka SHRIKE), China Lake, 22 March 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Capt. Charles Blenman Jr. Capt. Charles Blenman Jr.
Capt. Charles Blenman Jr.

Capt. Charles Blenman Jr., Prospective Station Commander, is shown with LCdr. James F. McNerney making a pre-flight inspection of a VX-5 Vampires FJ-4B Fury's landing gear during his visit here last week. He also met with Station top management personnel while here. Capt. Blenman is presently Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Operational Test and Evaluation Force at Norfolk. China Lake, 31 March 1961. Rocketeer photo.

Universal Bomb Rack Universal Bomb Rack
Universal Bomb Rack

A close-up view of VX-5 Vampires FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139549, XE-11, equipped with VX-5's Universal Bomb Rack shows how a cluster of three bombs can be mounted on a single pylon which was originally designed to carry one weapon. The revised adapter permits salvo as well as individual bomb release. China Lake, 31 March 1961. Rocketeer photo.

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A3D-2 Skywarrior 147667 A3D-2 Skywarrior 147667
A3D-2 Skywarrior 147667

VX-5 Vampires A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 147667, XE-15, Feb-May 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo from Rich Galope.

VX-5 Vampires inspection VX-5 Vampires inspection
VX-5 Vampires inspection

VX-5 Vampires inspection by RAdm. Rodee. CW from center: F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 147367, XE-16, A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 147667, XE-15, FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139549, XE-11, AD-6 Skyraider BuNo 139771 (#204), A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145112, XE-8, & YF4H-1F Phantom II, BuNo 143390, XE-14. Armitage Field, China Lake, 05 April 1961. Photo from Tom Scott.

Aerology display Aerology display
Aerology display

VX-5 Vampires Aerology display, hangar 1, China Lake, 05 April 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo from Tom Scott.

Lazy Dog dispenser Lazy Dog dispenser
Lazy Dog dispenser

NAF China Lake AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132521, Lazy Dog dispenser, China Lake, 13 April 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F4H-1 Phantom II 145310 F4H-1 Phantom II 145310
F4H-1 Phantom II 145310

F4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 145310 with 22 500 lb. bombs on MER's, circa April 1961. Photo from Ray Powell.

F4H-1 Phantom II 145310 F4H-1 Phantom II 145310
F4H-1 Phantom II 145310

F4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 145310 in-flight with 22 500 lb. bombs on MER's, circa April 1961. Photo from Ray Powell.

F3D-2 Skyknight 125807 F3D-2 Skyknight 125807
F3D-2 Skyknight 125807

NAF China Lake F3D-2 Skyknight BuNo 125807, China Lake, May 1961. Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Walleye I, China Lake, 17 May 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Naval Air Facility Naval Air Facility
Naval Air Facility

Naval Air Facility sign, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F9F-6K2 Cougar drone 127341 F9F-6K2 Cougar drone 127341
F9F-6K2 Cougar drone 127341

NAF China Lake F9F-6K2 Cougar drone BuNo 127341, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F9F-6K2 Cougar drones F9F-6K2 Cougar drones
F9F-6K2 Cougar drones

NAF China Lake F9F-6K2 Cougar drones BuNo 127341, 131045, 130950, 130954 & 4 others, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F9F-6K Cougar drone line F9F-6K Cougar drone line
F9F-6K Cougar drone line

NAF China Lake F9F-6K Cougar drone line, BuNo 128273 in left foreground, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

Armed Forces Day crowd Armed Forces Day crowd
Armed Forces Day crowd

Armed Forces Day crowd watching the flyover with NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818 at bottom of photo, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

VX-5 Vampires flight line VX-5 Vampires flight line
VX-5 Vampires flight line

VX-5 Vampires F4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 143390, XE-14, A4D-2N Skyhawk 145068, XE-4, FJ-4B Fury 141478, A4D-2N Skyhawk 145064, XE-1, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

VX-5 Vampires flight line VX-5 Vampires flight line
VX-5 Vampires flight line

VX-5 Vampires F4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 143390, XE-14, A4D-2N Skyhawk 145068, XE-4, FJ-4B Fury 141478, A4D-2N Skyhawk 145064, XE-1, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F4H-1 Phantom II 143390 F4H-1 Phantom II 143390
F4H-1 Phantom II 143390

VX-5 Vampires F4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 143390, XE-14, piloted by Capt. Van Meter in-flight China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

VX-5 Vampires formation VX-5 Vampires formation
VX-5 Vampires formation

VX-5 Vampires F4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 143390, XE-14, A4D-2N Skyhawk 145068, XE-4, FJ-4B Fury 141478, A4D-2N Skyhawk 145064, XE-1, in formation, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

F9F-8T Cougar 146425 F9F-8T Cougar 146425
F9F-8T Cougar 146425

NAF China Lake F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 146425, hangar 3, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

A3D-2 Skywarrior 147654 A3D-2 Skywarrior 147654
A3D-2 Skywarrior 147654

VAH-123 Professionals A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 147654, NJ-4, and VX-5 Vampires FJ-4B Fury BuNo 139549, XE-11, hangar 3, China Lake, 20 May 1961. Photo by Larry Ruybal.

B-29A Superfortress B-29A Superfortress
B-29A Superfortress

B-29A Superfortress fuselage after Mk-23 warhead 10 foot standoff test, Area R, China Lake, circa June 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

B-29A Superfortress B-29A Superfortress
B-29A Superfortress

B-29A Superfortress fuselage after Mk-23 warhead 10 foot standoff test, Area R, China Lake, circa June 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

VA-113 Stingers VA-113 Stingers
VA-113 Stingers

VA-113 Stingers A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 147759, China Lake, 01 Jun 1961. Standing l-r: Don Harlan, Ray Barnes, Stan Barnett, Marv Clark, L.C. Showman, **** Robinson, Dan Johnson, Doug Mayfield, A.A. 'Al' Schaufelberger and ***try R****; kneeling l-r: Phil Johnson, Phil D. Isaac, Lyle Olson, Duff Arnold, CO L.A. Tomkins, D. Scotty Greiling, E.J. Jacobs, Tom C. Kennedy and George C. Creighton III. Official U.S. Navy photo.

VA-112 Bombing Broncos VA-112 Bombing Broncos
VA-112 Bombing Broncos

VA-112 Bombing Broncos, A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142832, NH-201, China Lake, 09 Jun 1961. Standing l-r: Lcdr. Rothrock (CVG11), Connell, Pierce, Davidson, Law, Puerling?, Bin*er, Metteer, Hall, VanHoose, Artim, Lemke & White (Douglas a/c). Front row l-r: Callahan, Mc Donald, Cdr. Laws, Cdr. J. T. Parady, Rector, Cook & F***ly. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A3J-1 Vigilante 147856 A3J-1 Vigilante 147856
A3J-1 Vigilante 147856

VX-5 Vampires Det A Sanford A3J-1 Vigilante BuNo 147856 at Forrest Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola for the Navy's Golden Anniversary Air Show, 10 June 1961. G. B. Burcham, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com

HSS-1N Sea Horse 145672 HSS-1N Sea Horse 145672
HSS-1N Sea Horse 145672

NAF China Lake HSS-1N Sea Horse BuNo 145672, COSO Range, China Lake, circa June 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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C Range harp C Range harp
C Range harp

This NOTS developed Range "harp" is used on Charlie Range to accurately record the position of aircraft during the delivery of bombs on ground targets and is used in operational training of fleet squadrons in high altitude bombing, China Lake, circa 1961.

F4H-1F Phantom II 143390 F4H-1F Phantom II 143390
F4H-1F Phantom II 143390

VX-5 Vampires F4H-1F Phantom II BuNo 143390, XE-17, in-flight, circa July 1961, Photo from Ray Powell.

AD-5N Skyraider 132521 AD-5N Skyraider 132521
AD-5N Skyraider 132521

NAF China Lake AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132521, CALEB upload, China Lake, 19 Jun 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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

NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 143605, ARM Pod, China Lake, 22 Jun 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F3D-1 Skyknight 123744 F3D-1 Skyknight 123744
F3D-1 Skyknight 123744

NAF China Lake F3D-1 Skyknight BuNo 123744, firing Sidewinder 1C missile, F3H-2N Demon BuNo 133550 escort, China Lake, 27 Jun 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, Gladeye dispenser, China Lake, 10 Jul. 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Art Block Art Block
Art Block

Standing in front of NAF China Lake FJ-4B Fury BuNo 141450 and by the camera Capsule which he developed is Art Block, Scientific Photographer. The pod was built from salvage at a cost of about $200. Block has been employed at NOTS for the past 12 years. China Lake, 14 July 1961. Rocketeer photo.

Satellite Interceptor Program Satellite Interceptor Program
Satellite Interceptor Program

The NOTS-EV-2 rocket used in the SIP (Satellite Interceptor Program) project, a follow-on to China Lake's "NOTSNIK" air-launched satellite and Caleb space-probe projects, was an attempt to develop an air-launched ASAT (anti-satellite) missile. Two NOTS-EV-2 vehicles were ground-launched in SIP-related tests in October 1961 and May 1962, respectively. SIP was a prototype air-launched satellite-killer system using primarily in-house technology and hardware. China Lake, August 1961.

Snakeyes Snakeyes
Snakeyes

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, MER with retarded fin Snakeyes, China Lake, 10 Aug. 1961. NAF line shack in the background. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, MER with retarded fin Snakeyes, China Lake, 10 Aug. 1961. Hangar 1 and control tower at left. Official U.S. Navy photo.

CDR R.E. Kuntz CDR R.E. Kuntz
CDR R.E. Kuntz

Cdr R.E. Kuntz on telephone is VX-5's Project Director, China Lake, August 1961. Naval Aviation News photo.

VX-5 project pilots VX-5 project pilots
VX-5 project pilots

VX-5 Vampires project pilots hold a planning meeting, China Lake, August 1961. Naval Aviation News photo.

Lt. G.E. LeBlanc Lt. G.E. LeBlanc
Lt. G.E. LeBlanc

VX-5 Vampires Lt. G.E. LeBlanc reports to VX-5 CO Capt VanMeter next to A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137829, China Lake, August 1961. Naval Aviation News photo.

Vincent and Robcke Vincent and Robcke
Vincent and Robcke

VX-5 Vampires USMC Capt H.W. Vincent and LCdr H.H. Robcke check rack design, China Lake, August 1961. Naval Aviation News photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Padeye smoke tank, China Lake, August 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo via R. Powell.

Padeye smoke tank Padeye smoke tank
Padeye smoke tank

A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Padeye smoke tank, China Lake, August 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo via R. Powell.

P2V-7B Neptune P2V-7B Neptune
P2V-7B Neptune

A Netherlands Navy P2V-7B Neptune (probably #201) is loaded with 5" HVAR's, China Lake, 29 Aug 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Mercury capsule unload Mercury capsule unload
Mercury capsule unload

USAF C-124A Globemaster Mercury capsule unload, China Lake, 31 Aug 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Mercury capsule Mercury capsule
Mercury capsule

Mercury capsule unload, China Lake, 31 Aug 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F9F-6K Cougar 127390 F9F-6K Cougar 127390
F9F-6K Cougar 127390

NAF China Lake F9F-6K Cougar 'Redbird' BuNo 127390, China Lake, 01 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-3D2 Fury 135788 FJ-3D2 Fury 135788
FJ-3D2 Fury 135788

NAF China Lake FJ-3D2 Fury drone controller BuNo 135788 in-flight. Although dated 1965, the photo is circa 1961 as the last FJ-3D2 was transferred to Litchfield Park in 1963. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FJ-3D2 Fury 135894 FJ-3D2 Fury 135894
FJ-3D2 Fury 135894

NAF China Lake FJ-3D2 Fury drone controller BuNo 135894, China Lake. Although dated 1965, the photo is ca. Sep. 1961 as the last FJ-3D2 was transferred to Litchfield Park in 1963. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Snakeye Snakeye
Snakeye

MK-81 retarded fin Snakeye, China Lake, September 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Cyclops camera pod Cyclops camera pod
Cyclops camera pod

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk, BuNo 137814, Cyclops camera pod, China Lake, 01 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F9F-8T Cougar 146425 F9F-8T Cougar 146425
F9F-8T Cougar 146425

NAF China Lake F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 146425, APQ-89 radar, China Lake, 14 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F9F-8T Cougar 146425 F9F-8T Cougar 146425
F9F-8T Cougar 146425

F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 146425, APQ-89 radar, China Lake, 01 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A3D-2 Skywarrior 142650 A3D-2 Skywarrior 142650
A3D-2 Skywarrior 142650

VAH-9 Hoot Owls A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 142650 Cyclops cloud seeding project, 01 September 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

silver iodide rocket motors silver iodide rocket motors
silver iodide rocket motors

VAH-9 Hoot Owls A3D-2 Skywarrior BuNo 142650 Cyclops II silver iodide-generating rocket motors, 01 September 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Mk-44 aerial torpedos, China Lake, 02 Sep1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

continuous rod warhead continuous rod warhead
continuous rod warhead

Sidewinder 1-C continuous rod warhead unexpanded view, China Lake, 12 September 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

AD-5N Skyraider 132612 AD-5N Skyraider 132612
AD-5N Skyraider 132612

NAF China Lake AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132612, Sadeye, China Lake, 12 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

ZUNI launcher ZUNI launcher
ZUNI launcher

NAF China Lake AD-5N Skyraider BuNo 132612, ZUNI launcher, China Lake, circa 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

C-133B Cargo Master 59-0536 C-133B Cargo Master 59-0536
C-133B Cargo Master 59-0536

USAF C-133B Cargo Master s/n 59-0536, SIP upload, Tabstone launcher, China Lake, 21 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Sea Kings Sea Kings
Sea Kings

A portion of Replacement Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 51 HSS-2 and HSS-1N Sea Kings, south side of hangar 3, Armitage Field, China Lake, 22 September 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

ASW RAG Officers ASW RAG Officers
ASW RAG Officers

Officers of the Replacement Carrier Anti Submarine Air Group Fifty-One who lead the 17-helicopter group on a two-day visit to NOTS (l-r) are: Cdr. W. L. Bennett, HS-10 CO; Cdr. D. W. Hazelton, Commander, Air Group Fifty-One; Cdr. C. L. Otti, VS-41 CO; and Cdr. C. S. Zinn, ComAirPac Staff. China Lake, 22 September 1961. Rocketeer photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142085 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142085
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142085

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142085, Walleye, hangar 3, China Lake, 22 Sep 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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RAPEC seat test RAPEC seat test
RAPEC seat test

RAPEC ejection seat test, SNORT, China Lake, October 1961. Naval Aviation News photo.

OSCAR OSCAR
OSCAR

Mock up of Chance Vought Optimum Survival and Containment System (OSCAR) escape capsule. The solid fuel rocket motors were designed by China Lake. Naval Aviation News photo.

Sidewinder Sidewinder
Sidewinder

NAF China Lake F8U-1E Crusader BuNo 145443 and Sidewinder missile, China Lake, 01 Oct 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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

NAF China Lake P2V-4 Neptune BuNo 124238 with A3D Skywarrior nose, China Lake, 01 Oct 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2N Skyhawk 145068 A4D-2N Skyhawk 145068
A4D-2N Skyhawk 145068

VX-5 Vampires A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145068, XE-4, Dirty Duster, Los Angeles, 03 Oct 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Dirty Duster Dirty Duster
Dirty Duster

Dirty Duster, 03 Oct 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

TF4H-1 Phantom 145317 TF4H-1 Phantom 145317
TF4H-1 Phantom 145317

Naval Missile Center Guided Missile Unit 7 TF4H-1 Phantom II BuNo 145317 & NAF China Lake F4H-1F BuNo 145310, CALEB, China Lake, 05 October 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Vampires A4D Skyhawks Vampires A4D Skyhawks
Vampires A4D Skyhawks

VX-5 Vampires A4D Skyhawks at left and VAW-11 Det. F WF Tracers at right (NK-772 in the foreground) aboard the USS Oriskany, October 1961. Photo by Tom Scott.

Rockeye I Rockeye I
Rockeye I

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, Rockeye I cluster bombs on a MER, China Lake, 03 Nov 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, Rockeye I cluster bombs on MERs, China Lake, 03 Nov 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Mk-116 Weteye chemical bomb, on the ramp next to NAF A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137814, China Lake, 07 Nov 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Weteye Weteye
Weteye

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Mk-116 Weteye chemical bomb, China Lake, 07 Nov 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Polaris Skytop II Polaris Skytop II
Polaris Skytop II

The second-stage Polaris motor is shown during final preparation preceding the first firing at Skytop II on Wednesday evening, Nov. 15 1961. This is the Navy's only vertical nozzle-down facility in the nation. Rocketeer photo.

A4D-1 Skyhawk 137822 A4D-1 Skyhawk 137822
A4D-1 Skyhawk 137822

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137822, SHRIKE missile, China Lake, 17 Nov 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Shrike missile Shrike missile
Shrike missile

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137822, SHRIKE missile, China Lake, 17 Nov 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F9F-6KD Cougar drone 130944 F9F-6KD Cougar drone 130944
F9F-6KD Cougar drone 130944

NAF China Lake F9F-6KD Cougar drone BuNo 130944, China Lake, 18 November 1961. Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

F8U-1 Crusader 144430 F8U-1 Crusader 144430
F8U-1 Crusader 144430

NAF China Lake F8U-1 Crusader BuNo 144430 with Delmar tow rig, Hot Line, Armitage Field, China Lake, 18 November 1961. Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

P2V-5FD Neptune 128345 P2V-5FD Neptune 128345
P2V-5FD Neptune 128345

NAF China Lake P2V-5FD Neptune BuNo 128348, BQM-34 drones, (KD-4755 on the port wing), NAF China Lake, November 1961. Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

T-28BD Trojan 138296 T-28BD Trojan 138296
T-28BD Trojan 138296

NAF China Lake T-28BD Trojan BuNo 138296 with 50 cal. gun pods, China Lake, 18 November 1961. Photo by Clay Jansson via Tailhook Association.

XR4D-8 Skytrain 138820 XR4D-8 Skytrain 138820
XR4D-8 Skytrain 138820

NAF China Lake XR4D-8 Skytrain BuNo 138820, China Lake, 18 November 1961. Photo by Clay Jansson, Tailhook Assoc. collection.

VAH-8 Fireballers VAH-8 Fireballers
VAH-8 Fireballers

VAH-8 Fireballers A3D-2 Skywarrior NE-604, China Lake, December 1961, Official U.S. Navy photo. Back row: Cdr. Cockrill, LCdr. Woodard, LCdr. Sandberg, Lt. Shermab, Lt. Williams, Lt(jg). Nickerson, Lt(jg). Siegwarth and Lt(jg). Brown. Middle: Lt(jg). Gloeckner, Lt(jg). Koeneman, Lt(jg). Peters, Lt(jg). English, Lt(jg). Powell, Ens. Bouchard, Ens. Flynn, Lt(jg). Johnson and Lt(jg). Se____. Front row: AD2 Burrows, ADC Boltz, AE1 Marshall, ATC Robinson, AT2 Buck, ADC Hornung, AQC Sutherland and AM2 Ewart.

Guided-Missile Unit 25 Guided-Missile Unit 25
Guided-Missile Unit 25

Fourteen men of Guided-Missile Unit 25 received advancement in rates last week. Men who advanced in rates were J. J. Alessio, D. D. Brown, R. G. Calder. D. J. Caspary, R. E. Corzine, E. C. DeVito, B. A. Greenan, J. E. Heinz, J. P. Lobbestael, R. L. Rushing, J. P. Shannon, R. E. Sheffey, L. P. Snyder and M. J. Tillostson. Lcdr. J. R. Griffin, O in C, made the presentations, China Lake, 10 December 1961. Rocketeer photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142085 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142085
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142085

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142085, Mk-116 Weteye chemical bombs, China Lake, 05 Dec 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892 A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142892

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142892, Snakeyes, China Lake, 12 Dec 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

SNB-5 Kansan BuNo 39936 SNB-5 Kansan BuNo 39936
SNB-5 Kansan BuNo 39936

VX-5 Vampires SNB-5 Bugsmasher BuNo 39936, XE-20, at Oakland, CA, circa 1961. Photo from William Swisher Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com

Gladeye Gladeye
Gladeye

NAF China Lake A4D-1 Skyhawk BuNo 137818, Gladeye dispenser, China Lake, 21 December 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Elfmobile Elfmobile
Elfmobile

NAF China Lake A4D-2 Skyhawk BuNo 142085, Elfmobile Mk-83 upload, China Lake, 26 Dec 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

RAPEC polar test RAPEC polar test
RAPEC polar test

F9F-6P Cougar BuNo 127491, RAPEC polar test, China Lake, 27 Dec 1961. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F9F-7K Cougar drone F9F-7K Cougar drone
F9F-7K Cougar drone

NAF China Lake F9F-7K Cougar drone BuNo 130950 over the Sierras, winter 1961/62. Photo from E. Mares.

Periscope view Periscope view
Periscope view

Periscope view of solid-fuel SUBROC ASW as it launches from the sub, will re-enter the sea and home in on its target, circa 1961. Naval Aviation News photo.

Soft-Landing Vehicle Soft-Landing Vehicle
Soft-Landing Vehicle

China Lake's Soft-Landing Vehicle (SLV) during control testing, 1961. Another outgrowth of NOTS' unparalleled propulsion expertise, the SLV was an early prototype moon-lander that demonstrated advanced hypergolic-fuel, demand-thrust, and autonomous-control technologies; this unit committed suicide following the final test of the program.

Chemiluminescent Chemiluminescent
Chemiluminescent

Chemiluminescent (chemical-light) compounds and devices, China Lake, circa 1961. Center-developed chemlights first used in Vietnam have become the standard for military and civilian use and are available in various colors and spectra.

Flight Operations Flight Operations
Flight Operations

Unidentified VX-5 Vampires pilot signing out for a flight with PO1 Bill Laux at Line Flight Operations, Armitage Field, China Lake, circa 1961. Photo from Bill Laux.