1970 Photo Gallery. Last updated 21 May, 2016
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Jan 1 -- NAF has 27 aviation officers, 5 other officers, 480 enlisted and 57 aircraft consisting of 2 A-4C, 2 A-4E, 1 NA-4E, 3 TA-4F, 1 A-4F, 1 NA-6A, 1 NEA-6A, 1 A-7A, 2 F-4B, 1 OV-10A, 2 DF-8A, 2 F-8H, 2 DT-28B, 1 UH-1E, 1 UH-34J, 1 C-131F, 1 C-117D, 1 U-3A, 1 NTF-9J, 1 QF-9G, 13 QF-9J, 1 T-33B, 14 QT-33A & 1 leased C-210. VX-5 has 27 aviation officers, 8 other officers, 278 enlisted and 15 aircraft consisting of 1 US-2A, 2 A-4E, 2 A-4F, 2 TA-4F, 1 F-4B, 1 F-4J, 2 A-7B & 4 A-7E. The Aero Club has 1 T-34B.
April 02 -- U.S. Navy Lt. Gerald Hall lost his life when his TA-4F Skyhawk (153494) crashed on landing at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Belton, MO. ADJ-2 Leroy Neville survived the accident.
July 09 -- TA-4F Skyhawk (153503) was doing touch and go's and was SOC after a very hard landing.
July 1 -- NAF has 23 aviation officers, 5 other officers, 463 enlisted and 53 aircraft consisting of 2 A-4C, 1 NA-4E, 3 A-4E, 1 A-4F, 2 TA-4F, 1 NEA-6A, 1 A-6A, 1 A-7A, 1 A-7E, 2 DF-8F, 1 F-8H, 2 F-4B, 1 F-4J, 1 OV-10A, 1 NA-1G, 1 HH-1K, 1 UH-1E, 2 DT-28B, 1 C-117D, 1 C-131F, 7 QF-9J, 15 QT-33A, 1 T-33B, 1 U-3A, 1 T-39D & 1 NTF-9J. VX-5 has 18 aviation officers, 8 other officers, 269 enlisted and 14 aircraft consisting of 1 TA-4F, 1 A-4E, 2 A-4F, 1 F-4B, 1 A-7B, 4 A-7E & 1 US-2A. The Aero Club has 1 T-34B.
Sep 25 -- A Condor, television-guided air-to-surface missile, was launched by an A-6A at a standoff distance from its target. The aircraft was 56 miles from the target when the missile made a direct impact.
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Internal weapons arrangement Internal weapons arrangement
Internal weapons arrangement

OV-10A Bronco internal weapons arrangement diagram, circa 1970, courtesy of K.P. Rice.

NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598, China Lake, circa 1970. Photo from Wayne Mutza.

HAP missile HAP missile
HAP missile

HAP, the Sidewinder with a Sparrow rocket motor, China Lake, circa 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652 QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652
QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652

QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652 and HAP, the Sidewinder with a Sparrow rocket motor, China Lake, circa 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652 QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652
QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652

NAF China Lake QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 141652 and HAP, the Sidewinder with a Sparrow rocket motor, China Lake, circa 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

DP-2E Neptune DP-2E Neptune
DP-2E Neptune

VU-3 DP-2E Neptune UF-40 (BuNo unknown) with a BQM-34A drone, China Lake, 13 January 1970. At left is NAF China Lake UH-34J BuNo 145676. Official U.S. Navy photo.

DT-28B Trojan BuNo 137663 DT-28B Trojan BuNo 137663
DT-28B Trojan BuNo 137663

NAF China Lake DT-28B Trojan drone controller BuNo 137663, China Lake, 13 January 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015

VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015, XE-6, ZAP pod, China Lake, 19 January 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Aircraft Survivability compound Aircraft Survivability compound
Aircraft Survivability compound
Pictured in foreground is the Aircraft Survivability compound which includes the instrumentation building and pre-test checkout pad for full-scale aircraft and their instruments, target systems, and engines. In the background are F-89 Scorpion, F-86 Sabre, and A-4 Skyhawk test aircraft which will be used to gather data for the program. China Lake, 23 January 1970. Rocketeer photo.
Aircraft Survivability sketch Aircraft Survivability sketch
Aircraft Survivability sketch

The above sketch shows details of the main test site for the aircraft survivability studies which is now under construction. Included will be a gun tower and an aircraft support stand that will accommodate a 100,000 pound full-scale aircraft running at thrusts up to 50,000 pounds. China Lake, 23 January 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Survivability Working Group Survivability Working Group
Survivability Working Group

C.E. (Chick) Walden, one of the principal's involved in the Centers aircraft/survivability program explains impact tests that are conducted at the range to members of the Survivability Working Group as part of a conference that was held at the Center last week. China Lake, 23 January 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Survivability Conference attendees Survivability Conference attendees
Survivability Conference attendees

Program manager Jerry Reed briefs Survivability Conference attendees at the entrance to the aircraft storage area at Code 3051's aircraft survivability gun-fire range. China Lake, 23 January 1970. Rocketeer photo.

VX-5 citations VX-5 citations
VX-5 citations

VX-5 Vampires CO Capt. C.W. Fritz (back to camera) reads citations for, left to right, Cdr. B.H. Creighton; Lt. R.J. Stricker, ADJC B.F. Velleges; AO1 R.C. Bradley and PR3 J.F. Kretchmar during an inspection held Friday, January 23 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH1 G. Bird.

NAF enlisted men NAF enlisted men
NAF enlisted men

NAF China Lake enlisted men flanked by NAF CO Capt. L.A. Dewing (l) and NAF XO Cdr. J.H. Robcke (r) were appointed to the following rates last week: (kneeling, l-r) James K. Latta, Communications Yeoman Third Class; Thomas G. Ruzinok, AE-3; (2nd row, l-r), Karl D. Monard, AD-2; Danield L. Banks AD-3; and Dennis B. Cox, AO-3, China Lake, 30 January 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 M.F. Krause.

SAR Plane Captains SAR Plane Captains
SAR Plane Captains

NAF China Lake Plane Captains of UH-1E BuNo 154769 (in background), and the H-34 helicopters (not shown) who willingly volunteer their free time to take part in Search and Rescue operations are, left to right: ADJ-3 B. Miller, ADRAN W. Sampson, ADJ-3 J. Hurd, and ADRAN D. McWilliams. China Lake, 06 February 1970. Rocketeer photo.

UH-1E Huey BuNo 154769 UH-1E Huey BuNo 154769
UH-1E Huey BuNo 154769

Supported only by a thin wire cable attached to NAF China Lake UH-1E Huey BuNo 154769, a member of the helicopter crew is hauled to safety during a practice session. China Lake, 06 February 1970. Rocketeer photo by Sam Wyatt.

UH-34J BuNo 145676 UH-34J BuNo 145676
UH-34J BuNo 145676

Men of the IWV Search and Rescue Group watch the progress of a litter carrying a dummy which is being hoisted by cable into NAF China Lake UH-34J BuNo 145676. SAR members taking part in the exercise were co-captains John Christy and Sam Wyatt, C. R. Rogers, Charley Clark, Frank Peck and S. Freeman. Crew members of the 'copter were: Lt(jg). D. Jordan, pilot; ADJ-3 Benny Wallace, ADJAN D. J. Minton & ADJ-3 B. Miller. China Lake, 06 February 1970. Rocketeer photo.

TDS map TDS map
TDS map

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072 cockpit instrument panel TDS map, China Lake, 13 February 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Lt. Gerald Hall Lt. Gerald Hall
Lt. Gerald Hall

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072, Lt. Gerald Hall, China Lake, 13 February1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

TAG pod TAG pod
TAG pod

NAF China Lake A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936, TAG pod, China Lake, 25 February 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

106mm recoilless rifle 106mm recoilless rifle
106mm recoilless rifle

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 152882, 106mm recoilless rifle, K-2, China Lake, 26 February 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155446 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155446
OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155446

NAF China Lake OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155446, 20mm gun pod, China Lake, 02 March 1970. VX-5 Vampires F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812, XE-8, at right. Official U.S. Navy photo.

VX-4 Evaluators CO Capt. J.R. Foster VX-4 Evaluators CO Capt. J.R. Foster
VX-4 Evaluators CO Capt. J.R. Foster

When the VX-5 Vampires recently deployed to NAS Cecil Field for air-to-air gunnery tests with the A-7E Corsair II, VX-4 Evaluators CO Capt. J.R. Foster (l) was invited to come along. During the tests, Capt. Foster become pilot qualified and is shown being presented with a model of the A-7E by LTV representative Arnie Vang as VX-5 Vampires CO Capt. C.W. Fritz looks on. VX-5 photo.

MK-83 Snakeye MK-83 Snakeye
MK-83 Snakeye

An overall view of a MK-83 1,000 lb. bomb showing the Snakeye fin assembly, China Lake, 11 March 1970. Official U.S. Navy Photo by H. Hosmii.

NAF Command inspection NAF Command inspection
NAF Command inspection

The NAF Command stands inspection in hangar 3 for Capt. M.R. Etheridge as part of a two-day Command Inspection, Armitage Field, China Lake, 18 March 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D. E. Hart.

AMS1 Jack Williams, Jr. AMS1 Jack Williams, Jr.
AMS1 Jack Williams, Jr.

VX-5 Vampires AMS1 Jack Williams, Jr., Crew Leader of the Airframes Shop, uses a Huck rivet gun to place a patch on a F-4 Phantom cowling, China Lake, 20 March 1970. Rocketeer photo.

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Launch Control Officer Launch Control Officer
Launch Control Officer

NAF China Lake Launch Control Officer has the QF-9G Cougar drone right down the middle on takeoff, China Lake, April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Navy's new Condor missile Navy's new Condor missile
Navy's new Condor missile

The first powered launch of the Navy's new Condor air-to-surface guided missile was successfully completed here on Tuesday, March 31. H.G. (Hack) Wilson at left, Acting Technical Director, discusses the latest Condor developments with Jack Crawford, China Lake, 03 April 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D. E. Hart.

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969, Walleye II LS mk-84 bomb kit, China Lake, 06 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Walleye II LS Walleye II LS
Walleye II LS

NAF China Lake A-7A Corsair II BuNo unknown, Walleye II LS mk-84 bomb kit, China Lake, 06 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Marine aviators Marine aviators
Marine aviators

A recent COMOPTEVFOR liaison trip to SEA by Maj. D.D. Lundberg (r), current VX-5 Vampires Marine Liaison Officer resulted in a surprise gathering of Marine aviators who have served at China Lake in the past. L-r: LCol. Art Hickle, CO of VMA-311 which recently joined MAG-13, served as VX-5 Liaison Officer from 1966-1969; LCol. Hal Vincent, XO of MAG-13, was VX-5's Marine Liaison Officer from 1960-1962; Col. Tom Murphree, CO of MAG-13, was Sidewinder Project Officer during 1954-1957; and LCol. Bob Howard, CO of VMFA-122, succeed by Col. Murphree as Sidewinder Project Officer during 1957-1960. 10 April 1970 Rocketeer photo.

A-7A Corsair II BuNo 152656 A-7A Corsair II BuNo 152656
A-7A Corsair II BuNo 152656

NAF China Lake A-7A Corsair II BuNo 152656, Walleye drop, China Lake, 15 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Cdr. Wayne Stephens Cdr. Wayne Stephens
Cdr. Wayne Stephens

VA-146 Blue Diamonds CO Cdr. Wayne Stephens (l) receives a Shrike Missile model from Shrike Program Manager W.B. Porter after launching the 1,000th Shrike missile over NWC Ranges. Cdr. Stephen, who had flown his A-7E Corsair II from NAS Lemoore was requested to land at China Lake upon launching the round to receive congratulations and the memento, China Lake, 17 April 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Rain measuring device Rain measuring device
Rain measuring device

A new electronic measuring device which can record the size, time and frequency of rain drops is an invention of Robert D. Zink of NWC's Corona Annex. Shown above mounted on the nose of VW-4 WC-121N Warning Star MH-3, the device has earned Zink a patent award. 24 April 1970 Rocketeer photo.

RADM A.S. Goodfellow, Jr. RADM A.S. Goodfellow, Jr.
RADM A.S. Goodfellow, Jr.

RADM A.S. Goodfellow, Jr., Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, 2nd from left, is flanked by NWC Commander Capt. M.R. Etheridge, 2nd from right, and NAF CO Capt. L.A. Dewing, left, as VX-5 Vampires CO Capt. C.W Fritz leads the way to the lecture room in Hangar One, China Lake, 24 April 1970. Rocketeer photo.

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392
OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392, Mk-24 flare launcher, south side of hangar 3, China Lake, 27 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Mk-24 flare launcher Mk-24 flare launcher
Mk-24 flare launcher

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392, Mk-24 flare launcher, China Lake, 27 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-4C Phantom s/n 64-0781 F-4C Phantom s/n 64-0781
F-4C Phantom s/n 64-0781

USAF F-4C Phantom s/n 64-0781, Hot Line, China Lake, 28 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072 next to A-4C BuNo 148437, hotline, China Lake, 28 April 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Microwave mapping radiometer Microwave mapping radiometer
Microwave mapping radiometer

NAF China Lake A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936 with a high-resolution wide-angle microwave mapping radiometer, operating at Ka-band, developed by the Centers Corona Annex. The solid state miniaturized system is used for terrain-mapping. China Lake, 01 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 137814 A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 137814
A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 137814

One of the first sights visitors to the Center will see on Armed Forces Day is former NAF China Lake A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 137814 in Switzer Circle. The A-4A aircraft is mounted with a type of ordnance that has been developed at NWC. China Lake, 08 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

MIM-72 Chaparral MIM-72 Chaparral
MIM-72 Chaparral

Armed Forces Day visitors will witness the first public firing of the U.S. Army's MIM-72 Chaparral ground-to-air missile system, China Lake, 08 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Miss NAF Miss NAF
Miss NAF

Miss NAF, Melody Inman, is presented to the Naval Air Facility at morning quarters by her father ATC G.C. Inman, Armitage Field, China Lake, 08 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Trooping of the Colors Trooping of the Colors
Trooping of the Colors

Air show visitors pay their respects during "Trooping of the Colors", Armed Forces Day, Armitage Field, China Lake, 9 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Air show visitors Air show visitors
Air show visitors

Air show visitors with VX-5 Vampires hangar 1 in the background and the NAF China Lake Line Shack at right, Armed Forces Day, Armitage Field, China Lake, 9 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Expeditionary Brigade Band Expeditionary Brigade Band
Expeditionary Brigade Band

The Fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade Band from Camp Pendleton was the official Armed Forces Day band, Armitage Field, China Lake, 9 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

T-41 tank T-41 tank
T-41 tank

Visitors to NAF China Lake hangar 3 swarm over the T-41 tank on display, Armed Forces Day, 9 May 1970, China Lake, Rocketeer photo.

US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518 US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518
US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518

VX-5 Vampires US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518, Mystify Airlines, XE-20, China Lake, 9 May 1970. Photo by Nick Williams via Wayne Mutza.

QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144272 QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144272
QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144272

NAF China Lake QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144272, Armitage Field, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo from Giorgio Salerno Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com

DF-8F Crusader BuNo 145351 DF-8F Crusader BuNo 145351
DF-8F Crusader BuNo 145351

NAF China Lake DF-8F Crusader BuNo 145351 being towed past hangar 1, Armitage Field, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown.

TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441 TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441
TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441

NAF China Lake TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown.

A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936 A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936
A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936

NAF A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936 alongside NAF China Lake A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156744, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown.

A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156744 A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156744
A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156744

NAF China Lake A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156744, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown.

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 149969, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown via Wayne Mutza.

TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503
TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503

NAF China Lake TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 next to NAF A-4E BuNo 149969, north side of hangar 3, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown.

F-4B Phantom II BuNo 149452 F-4B Phantom II BuNo 149452
F-4B Phantom II BuNo 149452

VX-5 Vampires F-4B Phantom II BuNo 149452, XE-9, south side of hangar 1, China Lake, 09 May 1970. Photographer unknown.

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151990 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151990
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151990

VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 151990, XE-5, south side of hangar 1, China Lake, 9 May 1970. Photographer unknown courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150023 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150023
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 150023

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152072, Hot Line, China Lake, May 1970. VX-5 Vampires A-4E BuNo 150023 XE-6, at left. Photo by Nick Williams via W. Mutza.

XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587 XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587
XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587

XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587 in NAF China Lake hangar 3, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

WC-121N Warning Star WC-121N Warning Star
WC-121N Warning Star

Unknown VW-4 Hurricane Hunters WC-121N in NAF China Lake hangar 3. NAF A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154172 at right, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

WC-121N Warning Star WC-121N Warning Star
WC-121N Warning Star

Unknown VW-4 Hurricane Hunters WC-121N Warning Star on the ramp, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

C-117D Skytrain BuNo 17156 C-117D Skytrain BuNo 17156
C-117D Skytrain BuNo 17156

NAF China Lake C-117D Skytrain BuNo 17156, hangar 3 in the background, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193 HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193
HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193

NAF China Lake HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193, NAF OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155446 and NAF Redbirds QF-9 Cougar drones, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

DT-28B Trojan BuNo 138355 DT-28B Trojan BuNo 138355
DT-28B Trojan BuNo 138355

NAF China Lake DT-28B Trojan drone controller BuNo 138355, Art Jensen and Bennie Wallace, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

DF-8F Crusader BuNo 143813 DF-8F Crusader BuNo 143813
DF-8F Crusader BuNo 143813

NAF China Lake DF-8F Crusader BuNo 143813 and Art Jensen, Hot Line, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

Crusader flight line Crusader flight line
Crusader flight line

NAF China Lake Crusader flight line, L-R: DF-8F BuNo 143813; DF-8F BuNo 143699 and F-8H BuNo 147057, Hot Line China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

Skyhawk flight line Skyhawk flight line
Skyhawk flight line

NAF China Lake Skyhawk flight line, L-R: NA-4C BuNo 145063, A-4E BuNo 152072, unknowns & A-4C BuNo 148437 with the red trim, Hot Line China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

Hot Line Hot Line
Hot Line

NAF China Lake Hot Line flight line, Skyhawks L-R: NA-4C BuNo 145063, A-4E BuNo 152072, unknowns & A-4C BuNo 148437 with the red trim. At right Crusaders, L-R: DF-8F BuNo 143813; DF-8F BuNo 143699 and F-8H BuNo 147057, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015

VX-5 Vampires A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 152015, XE-6, EAFB, 19 May 1970. Photo by Hansen.

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392
OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392, 106mm recoilless rifle, K-2, China Lake, 20 May 1970. Photo by Warren McGowan via Charles Burin.

OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392
OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392

USMC OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155392, 106mm recoilless rifle, K-2, China Lake, 20 May 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-7E painting A-7E painting
A-7E painting

LTV senior base representative W.H. Howard, presents a painting of the A-7E Corsair II aircraft to VX-5 Vampires CO Capt. C.W. Fritz in honor of VX-5's and Capt. Fritz's long association with the A-7 Corsair II. Capt. Fritz was the A-7 Project Manager at NATC Patuxent River in 1965 and set a record by flying an A-7 nonstop from Patuxent River to the 1967 Paris Air Show without refueling. China Lake, 22 May 1970. Official photo by AA A. K. Wong.

WX modification seed pod WX modification seed pod
WX modification seed pod

NAF China Lake A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154172, weather modification seed pod, China Lake, 27 May 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Mini-Deck facility Mini-Deck facility
Mini-Deck facility

Firefighting personnel fight a simulated carrier deck fire at the Mini-Deck facility which is designed to evaluate the relative effectiveness of present and proposed flight-deck firefighting systems. The critical wind factor in the experiments is simulated through the use of the prop wash of a C-97 aircraft. China Lake, 29 May 1970. Rocketeer photo.

F-4B Phantom BuNo 14837 F-4B Phantom BuNo 14837
F-4B Phantom BuNo 14837

NAF China Lake F-4B Phantom BuNo 14837 in the arresting gear after a hydraulic failure, China Lake, 29 May 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

Pilot rescue training Pilot rescue training
Pilot rescue training

Leonard Rodgers and two unidentified firefighters wearing fire-proof suits train for pilot rescue on a former 136th USAF F-84 Thunderjet. China Lake, 29 May 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452 F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452
F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452

NAF China Lake F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148371 and Art Jensen, Hot Line, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452 F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452
F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452

NAF China Lake F-4B Phantom BuNo 149452, Cdr. Roy Cobb and Art Jensen, Hot Line, China Lake, circa May 1970. Photo by Art Jensen.

A-6B Intruder buyoff A-6B Intruder buyoff
A-6B Intruder buyoff

A recent ceremony at General Dynamics San Diego recorded the Navy "Buyoff" of the second production A-6B Intruder BuNo 149949. On hand for the delivery were (l-r) John Luna, DCAS; Stan M. Gilbert, Pomona; Lt. Joel Weissman, USN, NMC Pt. Mugu; Les Cornell, NWC Corona Annex; LCol. Ken Curry, NMC Pt. Mugu; Ernie Von der Heyden, Grumman chief test pilot; and Bob Clauer, GD, Pomon. Rocketeer photo 12 June 1970.

A-7 Corsair II avionics A-7 Corsair II avionics
A-7 Corsair II avionics

From l to r, VX-5 Vampires AT1 J.J. McKenna, ATN3 George Williamson, ATN2 P. Holt, and AQ1 R. Griffin, inspect one of the avionics and computer systems in an A-7 Corsair II, China Lake, 12 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

VX-5 flight schedule VX-5 flight schedule
VX-5 flight schedule

VX-5 Vampires SN John Spinelli, (l), SN George Funk, and Schedules Officer, Lt. Jon Bromberg, prepare the next day's flight schedule. The squadron averages 12 flights per day, most of them operational tests of weapons or aircraft, China Lake, 12 June 1970. Rocketeer photo. Names at the top of the board are Capt. Fritz, Cdr. Creighton, Cdr. Parker, Cdr. Dickerson, Cdr. Powell, Cdr. Stevenson, LCdr. Chambers, Maj. Rinehart, LCdr. Eikel, LCdr. Monger, Maj. Hoblit, Maj. Stein, LCdr. Strohsahl and LCdr McGowen.

Intruder engine repair Intruder engine repair
Intruder engine repair

VX-5 Vampires Detachment Oceana, VA ATC Don Myers (r) and ADJ3's Larry Olson (l), and Gary Webb repair an engine on an A-6 Intruder, 12 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

ordnance crew loads a 750-lb. bomb ordnance crew loads a 750-lb. bomb
ordnance crew loads a 750-lb. bomb

VX-5 Vampires ordnance crew loads a 750-lb. bomb aboard an A-7E Corsair II for a live ordnance test. China Lake, 12 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

A-7E Corsair II A-7E Corsair II
A-7E Corsair II

VX-5 Vampires A-7E Corsair II, XE-15, piloted by Maj. Jerry Hoblit, USAF Liaison Officer at VX-5, heads for home following an operation test of weapons delivery. VX-5 has conducted operational tests of the A-7 since 1966 and began testing the A-7E last fall. China Lake, 12 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

VX-5 Vampires Dave Chudy VX-5 Vampires Dave Chudy
VX-5 Vampires Dave Chudy

Maj. Hoblit confers with VX-5 Vampires plane captain AN Dave Chudy while AOAN Jack Hastings checks a pylon on VX-5 A-7E Corsair II, XE-15. Data from Maj. Hoblit's flight will be used to compile the VX-5 operational evaluation as well as apprise the Air Force of the test results. China Lake, 12 June 1970. Rocketeer photo by PHAN G. Smith.

NAF Main Gate NAF Main Gate
NAF Main Gate

XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587 (r) and F11F-1F Tiger BuNo 138647 (l guard the new NAF Main Gate, which will be officially dedicated in formal ceremonies Monday, June 22, by NAF China Lake CO Capt. L.A. Dewing 16 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

ADJ-3 Enrique Broun-Ortega ADJ-3 Enrique Broun-Ortega
ADJ-3 Enrique Broun-Ortega

ADJ-3 Enrique Broun-Ortega, "Bluejacket of the Month" for June, is a plane captain for OV-10 Bronco BuNo 155446 at VX-5. China Lake, 19 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

TV-controlled flight TV-controlled flight
TV-controlled flight

Principals who figured significantly in a recent TV-controlled flight of a QT-33A target drone pose in front of QT-33A BuNo 155925. Standing, l-r: Lt(jg). Dan Eilers, ADJC Don Sichley, LCdr. Harlan Reep. Below, l-r Lloyd Holt, ADJAN D. E. Jones, and Henry Myers. China Lake, 19 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

New NAF gate New NAF gate
New NAF gate

AS1 J.F. Underwood, DC1 A.T. Stone, MR2 J.E. Wallace and GMG1 J.E. MeGee (l-r), were recently spotlighted by NAF China Lake CO Capt. L.A. Dewing, as the four men most directly responsible for the construction, preparation and workmanship of the new gate. The men were honored at the official dedication ceremony of the gate June 22, 1970  by Capt. Dewing who presented each man with a small memento of the occasion. Rocketeer photo.

Richmond Gate Richmond Gate
Richmond Gate

NWC guard E. J. Hiser checks passes at the Richmond Road Gate, China Lake, 26 June 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Missile line-up Missile line-up
Missile line-up

Quickturn BTV Ballistic Test vehicle (AIM-95 Agile), AIM-9 Sidewinder & AIM-7 Sparrow missile size comparison, China Lake, 19 June 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935 NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935
NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935

NAF China Lake NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935 left side of cockpit, circa70.

NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935 NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935
NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935

NAF China Lake NEA-6A Intruder BuNo 149935 right side of cockpit, circa70.

F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812 F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812
F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812

USMC Bill Stein standing next to VX-5 Vampires F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812, XE-8, his project bird while he was at VX-5, China Lake, 1970. Photo from Bill Stein.

TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503
TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503

NAF China Lake TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503, Bulldog, Hot Line, China Lake, 01 July 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 parked on the Hot Line with a load of MK-81's, China Lake, July 1970. VA-174 Hell Razors A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156798 at right. Photographer unknown.

TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441 TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441
TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441

NAF China Lake Redbirds TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441, Armitage Field, China Lake, July 1970. Paul Minert Collection, courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com

TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503
TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503

Wreckage of NAF China Lake TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 in hangar 3 after a hard landing, China Lake, 09 July 1970. Photographer unknown.

AVCM Floyd E. Kelly AVCM Floyd E. Kelly
AVCM Floyd E. Kelly

AVCM Floyd E. Kelly conducts an inspection of VX-5 Vampires personnel during retirement ceremonies held in the Chief's honor recently. Chief Kelly, who has served for 20 consecutive years in the U.S. Navy, will settle in Memphis, TN. Kelly has received numerous service awards including six Good Conduct medals, China Lake, 10 July 1970. Rocketeer photo.

AMCS A.P. Trujillo AMCS A.P. Trujillo
AMCS A.P. Trujillo

NWC CPO's perform Sideboy duties as NAF enlisted pilot AMCS A.P. Trujillo, goes over the side for the last time. Chief Trujillo ended his naval career with 32 years of naval service behind him. The Chief's future plans are unknown. China Lake, 10 July 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Cdr. J.H. Robcke Cdr. J.H. Robcke
Cdr. J.H. Robcke

NAF China Lake XO Cdr. J.H. Robcke retired from the Navy after a career that included two tours at NWC. He served NAF this last time both as Projects Officer and during the last year as Executive Officer, China Lake, 10 July 1970.

LCdr. A.L. Brown LCdr. A.L. Brown
LCdr. A.L. Brown

NAF China Lake Asst. Operations Officer LCdr. A.L. Brown retired from the Navy after having served 30 years. On hand for the occasion and reception that followed the multiple retirement ceremonies were AI's wife, Betty, his two daughters (Biff and Eileen), and their son Alan of the Marines, China Lake, 10 July 1970.

Sideboy honors Sideboy honors
Sideboy honors

Major General R.R. Williams, USA, Deputy Ass't. Chief of Staff for Force Development, Department of the Army, was provided sideboy honors as he traversed the gangway at VX-5 Vampires Hangar One on the occasion of his recent visit to VX-5. VX-5 F-4B Phantom II BuNo 149452 in the background. China Lake, 17 July 1970. Rocketeer photo.

ADJ2 Ralph W. Ripley ADJ2 Ralph W. Ripley
ADJ2 Ralph W. Ripley

NAF China Lake CO Capt. L.A. Dewing, (l) offers congratulations to ADJ2 Ralph W. Ripley, who was awarded the Good Conduct Certificate (second award) at Morning Quarters, July 31. Rocketeer photo.

Light Attack Weapons class Light Attack Weapons class
Light Attack Weapons class

The most recent class from the Light Attack Weapons School gathered outside the VX-5 hangar after a briefing on VX-5 operational evaluations from VX-5 Fleet Liaison Officer LCdr. George Strohsahl earlier this week. The pilots received information on current projects at NWC and VX-5. Members of the school are (left to right): Front row, LCdr. Warren Butler, VA-215; Lt. Jack Hezlep, VA-97; Lt. Roger Thompson, VA-93; Lt. Tom Williams, VA-27; LCdr. Gus Gudmunson, VA-125; Lt. Max Wike, VA-122; Lt. Ray Thomas, VA-125. Second row: Lt. G. M. Stoner, VA-212; LCdr. Larry Prize, VA-93; Lt. Jim Hicks, VA-97; Lt. Paul Good, VA-27; Lt. John Freitag, VA-56; Lt. Ron McKinney, VA-215; LCdr. Skip Leuschner, VA-125, and Lt. Fred Hansen, VA-56. China Lake, 21 August 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

Capt. L.A. Dewing Capt. L.A. Dewing
Capt. L.A. Dewing

NAF China Lake Capt. L.A. Dewing, who was relieved of his command by Capt. R.E. McCall, is piped over the side, ending a 28-year Naval Career which began in 1942 as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D. E. Hart.

NAF China Lake COC NAF China Lake COC
NAF China Lake COC

Capt. R.E. McCall, left, and Capt. L.A. Dewing, right, exchange salutes during the Change-of-Command Ceremony held August 21 in Hanger 3. Capt. Dewing was Commanding Officer of NAF China Lake for nearly two years arriving at NWC in September, 1968. NWC Commander Capt. M.R. Etheridge, witnesses the ceremony. Rocketeer photo.

UH-34J Sea Horse BuNo 145676 UH-34J Sea Horse BuNo 145676
UH-34J Sea Horse BuNo 145676

NAF China Lake UH-34J Sea Horse BuNo 145676, Larry Powers lubing the rotor assembly, China Lake, 1970. Photo from Larry Powers.

A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147781 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147781
A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147781

NAF China Lake A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147781, Walleye FC AWG-16 pod, China Lake, 04 September 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Walleye FC AWG-16 pod Walleye FC AWG-16 pod
Walleye FC AWG-16 pod

NAF China Lake A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147781, Walleye FC AWG-16 pod, China Lake, 04 September 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-4D Phantom s/n 66-8699 F-4D Phantom s/n 66-8699
F-4D Phantom s/n 66-8699

USAF F-4D Phantom s/n 66-8699, Walleye FC AWG-16 pod, China Lake, 04 September 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598, west side of hangar 3, China Lake, 05 September 1970. Unknown DT-28B Trojan drone controller at left. Photo via Wayne Mutza.

NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 in-flight with FAE ordnance, China Lake, 05 September 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Gen. B.A. Hochmuth Memorial Lane Gen. B.A. Hochmuth Memorial Lane
Gen. B.A. Hochmuth Memorial Lane

A combined ceremony was held at NAF to dedicate the new Marine enlisted training facility and open General B.A. Hochmuth Memorial Lane. Present for the ceremony were Col. K.P. Rice, OIC of the Marine Corps Liaison Office; Capt. R.E. McCall, CO, NAF; and Capt. J.K. McConeghy. China Lake, 04 September 1970. Rocketeer photo.

VAdm. R.W. Cousins VAdm. R.W. Cousins
VAdm. R.W. Cousins

VAdm. R.W. Cousins arrives at NWC for weapons systems briefings, Armitage Field, China Lake, 17 September 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

AGM-53 Condor AGM-53 Condor
AGM-53 Condor

AGM-53 Condor, television-guided air-to-surface missile, 25 September 1970. Launched by an A-6A at a standoff distance of 56 miles from the target when the missile made a direct impact. Official U.S. Navy photo from the Secret City video.

ATC Reid Murray ATC Reid Murray
ATC Reid Murray

NAF China Lake ATC Reid Murray, went over the side after 20 years of dedicated Naval service. Prior to being piped over the side, Chief Murray was given the honor of inspecting the NAF troops, China Lake, 25 September 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH3 Tony Curiale.

ZAP Zuni pod ZAP Zuni pod
ZAP Zuni pod

NAF China Lake A-4E Skyhawk BuNo 148613, ZAP Zuni pod, China Lake, 30 September 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

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NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598, FAE ordnance, Eglin AFB Florida, 02 October 1970. Photo from Larry McCarley.

NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598, Eglin AFB Florida, 02 October 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

UH-1E Huey BuNo 157193 UH-1E Huey BuNo 157193
UH-1E Huey BuNo 157193

NAF China Lake UH-1E Huey BuNo 157193, TDS, China Lake, 02 October 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154200 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154200
A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154200

Lt. Max Schranz's VA-55 War Horses A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154200, NP-511, China Lake, 19 October 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

VX-5 Ships Company VX-5 Ships Company
VX-5 Ships Company

VX-5 Vampires Ships Company stand at attention for a joint inspection by Capt. Fritz and Capt. Birdwell, 23 October 1970. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

VX-5 Vampires COC VX-5 Vampires COC
VX-5 Vampires COC

VX-5 Vampires new CO, Capt. Carl "Tex" Birdwell, Jr., relieved Capt. Fritz on October 23. 1970, at ceremonies conducted outside Hangar One at the Naval Air Facility. RAdm. Moran (seated) who relieved Capt. Etheridge as NWC Commander the day before was among those present for the Change of Command ceremony. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

Capt. Fritz flyover Capt. Fritz flyover
Capt. Fritz flyover

VX-5 Vampires Capt. Fritz presents farewell remarks to the squadron as VX-4 Evaluators F-4 Phantoms and F-8 Crusaders fly over hangar 1 last Friday in a salute to Capt. Fritz and Capt. Carl Birdwell, principals in the recent VX-5 Change of Command ceremony held October 23. Rocketeer photo by PH2 D.E. Hart.

VX-5 Vampires CO's VX-5 Vampires CO's
VX-5 Vampires CO's

VX-5 Vampires departing skipper, Capt. Charles W. Fritz (left), and new CO Capt. Tex Birdwell pose in front of Birdwell's F4U-4 Corsair BuNo 97259, XE-00. Capt. Birdwell is the fourteenth skipper in the squadron's 19 years of operation. China Lake, 23 October 1970. Rocketeer photo by PHAN G. L. Smith.

HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193 HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193
HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193

NAF China Lake HH-1K Huey BuNo 157193 piloted by Maj. Benny Rinehart, USMC, hovers with an ore wagon under it prior to landing with the old wagon at NAF on October 21, 1970. The wagon was recovered from the ranges of NWC in order to present the relic to K. H. Robinson, Director of the Maturango Museum on Navy Day, October 27. Rocketeer photo.

Schoeffel Field Schoeffel Field
Schoeffel Field

More than 3,000 persons, including 2,500 elementary school students viewed aircraft displays including a F-9 Cougar drone and other exhibits that were on hand at Schoeffel Field on Navy Day, 27 October 1970. Rocketeer photo.

Armitage Field Armitage Field
Armitage Field

Armitage Field as seen from Lauritsen Road as you drive from Mainside to the airfield, China Lake, 1970. Photo by Vic Magee.

Sierra Nevada Range Sierra Nevada Range
Sierra Nevada Range

Sierra Nevada range as seen from the VX-5 Vampires hanger, Armitage Field, China Lake, November 1970. Photo by Vic Magee.

A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154172 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154172
A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154172

NAF China Lake A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154172, FAE HS ordnance, China Lake, 01 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

XAIM-95 Agile XAIM-95 Agile
XAIM-95 Agile

NAF China Lake Lt. Carl Cline and XAIM-95 Agile missile, China Lake, circa 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-86H Sabre s/n 53-1353 F-86H Sabre s/n 53-1353
F-86H Sabre s/n 53-1353

NAF China Lake F-86H Sabre s/n 53-1353, AGILE missiles, China Lake, 02 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057 F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057
F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057

NAF China Lake F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057, AGILE missiles, China Lake, 02 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148371 F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148371
F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148371

NAF China Lake F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148371, AGILE missiles, China Lake, 02 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503
TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503

NAF China Lake TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503, Snakeyes on #1 & #2, Bulldog instrumentation on #4 and Bulldog missile on #5, China Lake, 03 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812 F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812
F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812

NAF China Lake F-4J Phantom II BuNo 153812, AGILE missiles, China Lake, 09 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598
NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598

Former NAF China Lake NA-1G Skyraider BuNo 132598 in Hurlburt Field 4407th CCTS USAF markings, circa November 1970. Photographer unknown.

AO1 Richard L. Wood AO1 Richard L. Wood
AO1 Richard L. Wood

VX-5 Vampires AO1 Richard L. Wood, "Bluejacket of the Month" for November checks the circuitry in an ordnance delivery system, China Lake, 13 November 1970. Rocketeer photo.

QF-9J Cougar drones QF-9J Cougar drones
QF-9J Cougar drones

NAF China Lake QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144343, Red Bird flight line, China Lake, 17 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

QT-33A drones QT-33A drones
QT-33A drones

NAF China Lake QT-33A drones, Red Bird flight line, China Lake, 17 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936 A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936
A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936

NAF China Lake A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936, AGM-95 AGILE missiles, China Lake, 17 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936 A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936
A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936

NAF China Lake A-6A Intruder BuNo 149936, AGM-95 AGILE missiles, China Lake, 17 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

AGILE missile AGILE missile
AGILE missile

NAF China Lake A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156744, AGM-95 AGILE missile, China Lake, 17 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057 F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057
F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057

NAF China Lake F-8H Crusader BuNo 147057, SRWCS Boresight, China Lake, 25 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Environmental Simulator Environmental Simulator
Environmental Simulator

AIM-9 Sidewinder guidance unit is being installed in rate table by Jim Dowda at the Environmental Simulator, China Lake, 27 November, 1970. Rocketeer photo.

F-14 Tomcat ejection test F-14 Tomcat ejection test
F-14 Tomcat ejection test

Life like dummy representing the F-14 Tomcat NFO missile control officer rockets skyward during SNORT sled tests, China Lake, December 1970. Naval Aviation News photo.

A-6A ejection seat test A-6A ejection seat test
A-6A ejection seat test

Ejection seat test from an A-6A Intruder cockpit mock-up, SNORT, China Lake, 01 December 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo from R.L. Lawson collection.

A-6A ejection seat test A-6A ejection seat test
A-6A ejection seat test

Dual ejection seat test from an A-6A Intruder cockpit mock-up, SNORT, China Lake, 23 November 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo from R.L. Lawson collection.

A-1E ejection seat test A-1E ejection seat test
A-1E ejection seat test

SKYTOP I egress system ejection test using former VAQ-33 A-1E Skyraider BuNo 135188, China Lake, 03 December 1970.

IR pod IR pod
IR pod

U.S. Army OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726, IR pod, China Lake, 17 December 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726 OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726
OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726

U.S. Army OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726, IR pod, China Lake, 17 December 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726 OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726
OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726

U.S. Army OV-1C Mohawk s/n 61-2726, IR pod, China Lake, 17 December 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

HH-1K Huey BuNo 157194 HH-1K Huey BuNo 157194
HH-1K Huey BuNo 157194

NAF China Lake HH-1K Huey BuNo 157194, China Lake, 17 December 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

ASROC launch sequence ASROC launch sequence
ASROC launch sequence

Vertical-Launch ASROC test firing at China Lake, circa 1970. NOTS (China Lake and Pasadena) developed ASROC during the 1950s, and it became a standard Fleet ASW system during the early '60s; the vertical-launch variant is compatible with the Navy's newest ships.

US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518 US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518
US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518

VX-5 Vampires US-2A Tracker BuNo 136518, XE-20, China Lake, circa 1970. Photo courtesy A. Romano www.navarchives.com

A-7E Corsair II BuNo 156805 A-7E Corsair II BuNo 156805
A-7E Corsair II BuNo 156805

VX-5 Vampires A-7E Corsair II BuNo 156805, Walleye ER, circa 1970. Official U.S. Navy photo.

Ron Sevegen Ron Sevegen
Ron Sevegen

AMH Ron Sevegen sitting on the canopy rail of NAF China Lake A-7A Corsair II BuNo 152656, China Lake, 1970. Photo from Ron Sevegen.

Ron Sevegen Ron Sevegen
Ron Sevegen

AMH Ron Sevegen, NAF China Lake A-4 Skyhawk and A-7 Corsair II plane captain, by A-7A Corsair II BuNo 153656, China Lake, 1969-1971. Photo from Ron Sevegen.

FAE introduction FAE introduction
FAE introduction

China Lake FAE introduction team, South Vietnam, 1970; under VLAP and other programs, China Lake provided direct support to the operating forces, sending civilian engineers, analysts, and technicians to the ships on Yankee Station and to the operators in the field to introduce new weapons and to bring the operators' needs back to the lab.

FAE test FAE test
FAE test

Fuel Air Explosive (FAE) test photo #1 of 5, China Lake, circa 1970/1971. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FAE test FAE test
FAE test

Fuel Air Explosive (FAE) test photo #2 of 5, China Lake, circa 1970/1971. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FAE test FAE test
FAE test

Fuel Air Explosive (FAE) test photo #3 of 5, China Lake, circa 1970/1971. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FAE test FAE test
FAE test

Fuel Air Explosive (FAE) test photo #4 of 5, China Lake, circa 1970/1971. Official U.S. Navy photo.

FAE test FAE test
FAE test

Fuel Air Explosive (FAE) test photo #5 of 5, China Lake, circa 1970/1971. Official U.S. Navy photo.

TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503 TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503
TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503

NAF China Lake TA-4F Skyhawk BuNo 153503, Snakeyes on #1 & #2, Bulldog instrumentation on #4 and Bulldog missile on #5, China Lake, 25 January 1971. Official U.S. Navy photo.