1985 Photo Gallery. Last updated 29 July, 2011
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• January -- the VX-5 Detachment at Whidbey Island, which oversaw developments relating to the EA-6B weapon system, was relocated to China Lake, CA.
•January 24 -- VA-83 became the first fleet operational squadron to fire successfully an AGM-88 HARM. The missile was launched from an A-7E Corsair II piloted by LCdr. John Parker who was assigned to a HARM detachment deployed to Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, CA.
• Apr 1 -- NAVWPNCEN has 25 aviation officers, 23 other officers, 485 enlisted and 33 aircraft consisting of 3 A-4M, 2 TA-4J, 3 A-6E, 1 A-7C, 3 A-7E, 2 TA-7C, 2 UH-1N, 1 T-39D, 1 UC-8A, 1 YF-4J, 6 QF-86F, 1 QT-38A, 1 T-38A, 1 A-3B, 1 QF-4B & 4 F/A-18A. VX-5 has 36 aviation officers, 8 other officers, 324 enlisted and 21 aircraft consisting of 5 A-7E, 1 AH-1J, 5 A-6E, 2 TA-4J, 2 AV-8B, 4 F/A-18A & 2 A-4M. NAVOCEANCOMDET has 1 OV-10A. The Aero Club has 2 C-150, 1 C-172XP, 2 C-172 &1 T-34.
• Oct 1 -- NAVWPNCEN has 26 aviation officers, 23 other officers, 485 enlisted and 30 aircraft consisting of 2 A-4M, 2 TA-4J, 3 A-6E, 1 A-7C, 3 A-7E, 2 TA-7C, 2 UH-1N, 1 T-39D, 1 UC-8A, 1 YF-4J, 6 QF-86F, 1 QT-38A, 1 A-3B & 4 F/A-18. VX-5 has 36 aviation officers, 8 other officers, 324 enlisted and 16 aircraft consisting of 5 A-7E, 1 AH-1J, 3 A-6E, 2 TA-4J, 4 F/A-18A & 1 A-4M. NAVOCEANCOMDET has 1 OV-10A. The Aero Club has 2 C-150, 1 C-172XP, 2 C-172 &1 T-34.

 

VX-5 Line Division Officer Lt. Bill Larimore discusses the A-7E Corsair II (BuNo 160616, XE-04) with students from Faller Elementary School, hangar 1, Armitage Field, China Lake, 08 Feb 1985. Rocketeer photo by PHAN Greg Hogan.

 

 

AMEAN Kevin Sylve, AME2 Chriss Marcus and AMEAN Mitch Presley use a crane to return an ejection seat to A-6E Intruder BuNo 155592, NWC-602, as AME-3 Jon Lea waits in the A-6, China Lake, 01 March 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

AMEAN Kevin Sylve, AME2 Chriss Marcus and AMEAN Mitch Presley use a crane to return an ejection seat to A-6E Intruder BuNo 155592, NWC-602, as AME-3 Jon Lea waits in the A-6, China Lake, 01 March 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

Posing in front of QF-86F Sabre drone s/n 55-5056, NWC-844, are Al Tentilucci, Michael Schmitt, William Muhkhausen, Rose Mingone & Maurise Hamm at Armitage Field for the aircraft maintenance service contract conference, China Lake, 08 March 1985. Rocketeer photo by PH2 Rick Moore.

 

 

China Lake QH-50 s/n DS-1399 on display with other drone aircraft, 12 March 1985. Official U.S. Navy photo by Sgt. Gruart.

 

 

NWC's Reserve Support Unit 0176 change a wheel assembly on A-1E Skyraider BuNo 135188 so it can be moved out of the Salt Wells area to start a process of renovation, China Lake, 22 March 1985. Rocketeer photo by PH2 Rick Moore.

 

 

Using an old armored personnel carrier, NWC's Reserve Support Unit 0176 move A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 137818 out of the Salt Wells area to start a process of renovation, China Lake, 22 March 1985. Rocketeer photo by PH2 Rick Moore.

 

 

These QH-50 DASH helicopters are waiting to be reassembled and renovated for use as drone targets which will operate near the G-1 Range, China Lake, 29 March 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

With eight QH-50 DASH drone helicopters loaded on three semis support personnel headed to Florida earlier this year to provide targets for the USMC. Dan Zielke (left), Tracy Gulley, Gordon Zurn, Joe Chesney, Richard McGlade and Robert Whishman stand near two of the QH-50s and the mobile control vehicle, China Lake, 29 March 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

Dan Zielke (right) and Tracy Gulley inspect one of the QH-50 drone helicopter targets before pulling it out of the workshop, China Lake, 29 March 1985. Rocketeer photo by PH2 Rick Moore.

 

 

The Space Shuttle booster Drop Test Vehicle rests on the desert floor after a successful test, China Lake, 05 April 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

The Space Shuttle booster Drop Test Vehicle is being dug out after the drogue chute failed on a recent test, China Lake, 05 April 1984. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

Hugh McCoy prepares a model of the Hi Speed Sled (HISS) for testing at SNORT, China Lake, 19 April 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

QF-86F Sabre drone, #842, BuNo 57-6351, being readied for a NOLO mission in early 1985. ©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

QF-86F Sabre drone, #842, BuNo 57-6351, survived at least 15 unmanned missions before its demise in May 1985. ©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

QF-86F Sabre drone, #864, possibly BuNo 56-2849, China Lake, Apr/May 1985. Photo © John Freeman.

 

 

USAF B-47E Stratojet s/n 52-0166, China Lake, circa 1985. ©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF B-47E Stratojet, s/n 52-0166, China Lake, Apr/May 1985. Photo © John Freeman.

 

 

XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587, Armitage Field Gate display, China Lake, circa 1985. ©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

XF4D-1 Skyray BuNo 124587, Armitage Field Gate display, China Lake, circa 1985. ©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-11F Tiger BuNo 138647, on display near the airfield gate, China Lake, circa 1985. ©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom SH-07, SH-10, SH-11 & SH-25, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom SH-07 with a Sidewinder missile, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom SH-07 returns after a sortie, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom SH-10 ready to taxi with Mk-82 bombs, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom SH-10 prepares to taxi from the line with Mk-82 bombs, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom BuNo 157269, SH-11, and two others prepares to takeoff, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom BuNo 157269, SH-11, ready to taxi with Mk-82 bombs, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom BuNo 157269, SH-10, ready for takeoff with Mk-82 bombs, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom BuNo 153784, SH-25, ready to taxi with practice bombs, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom BuNo 153784, SH-25, taxis from the flight line, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

VMFAT-101 F-4S Phantom BuNo 153784, SH-25, taxis to the line after landing, China Lake, April-May 1985.

Photo by John Freeman

 

 

A-4M Skyhawk, probably BuNo160264, China Lake, Apr/May 1985.

Photo © John Freeman.

 

 

A-4M Skyhawk, probably BuNo160264, China Lake, Apr/May 1985.

Photo © John Freeman.

 

 

A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142235, modex 41, and A-4A Skyhawk, BuNo 142227, modex 45, museum compound, Apr/May 1985.

Photo © John Freeman.

 

 

USN F-111B BuNo 152715, museum compound, Apr/May 1985.

Photo © John Freeman.

 

 

AGM-123 Skipper II low-level, laser-guided bomb, 01 May 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

Engineer Dwight Weathersbee displays an AGM-123A Skipper II low-level, laser-guided bomb, China Lake, 01 May 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

AGM-123A Skipper II low-level, laser-guided bomb, China Lake, 01 May 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

AGM-123A Skipper II low-level laser-guided bomb mounted on the wing pylon of an A-7 Corsair aircraft, China Lake, 01 May 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

VX-5 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155465, Capt. Roger Flower, Cdr. Niel Nelson & plane captain J. Clark, China Lake, 1985.

Photo from C. Burin.

 

 

VX-5 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155465, Capt. Roger Flower & Cdr. Niel Nelson begin their preflight, China Lake, 1985.

Photo from C. Burin.

 

 

VX-5 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155465, unknown PO1, Capt. Roger Flower & Cdr. Niel Nelson, China Lake, 1985.

Photo from C. Burin.

 

 

VX-5 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155465, Capt. Roger Flower & Cdr. Niel Nelson climb aboard, China Lake, 1985.

Photo from C. Burin.

 

 

VX-5 OV-10A Bronco BuNo 155465, Capt. Roger Flower, Cdr. Niel Nelson are ready to go as plane captain J. Clark mans the fire bottle, China Lake, 1985.

Photo from C. Burin. Note /1.

 

 

QF-86H Sabre drone s/n 53-1351, China Lake, May 1985.

Photographer unknown.

 

 

VX-5 A-7E Corsair II BuNo 160616, XE-04, 18 May 1985

Photo by D. Remington, Mike Wilson collection.

 

 

QF-4B Phantom II FSAT in-flight above NWC on a test flight before undergoing technical evaluation at PMTC, Pt. Mugu, 31 May 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

VX-5 A-7E Corsair II BuNo 160616, XE-04, June 1985.

Photo by C. T. Robbins.

 

 

VX-5 F/A-18A Hornet BuNo 161958, XE-32, June 1985, location unknown. Photographer unknown.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 42-65281, "Miss America '62", China Lake, 12 June 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 42-65281, "Miss America '62", China Lake, 12 June 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69729, "T Square 54", China Lake, 12 June 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-70049, China Lake, 12 June 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-70049, China Lake, 12 June 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-87779, "Legal Eagle II", China Lake, 12 June 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

UC-8A Buffalo BuNo 161546, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA, 22 June 1985.

Photographer unknown

 

 

VX-4 F-4J Phantom II BuNo 155539, XF-1, and Top Gun F-5E Tiger II #042, circa 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

Henderson Zeno, AIMD jet mech, works on a F-86 Sabre J-47 jet engine in the Power Plant Shop, China Lake, 19 July 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

Enlisted personnel who were either frocked or promoted on July 17 are joined by their officers as they pose in front of NWC A-7C Corsair II BuNo 156785, NWC-707, Armitage Field, China Lake, 26 July 1985. Rocketeer photo by PH2 Rick Moore.

 

 

VF-51 & VF-111 F-14A Tomcats, F-5E Tiger II's and an F-5F Tiger II after a training session, China Lake Electronic Warfare Range, 01 August 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo by Cdr. David Baranak

 

 

Pete Chibes, Jr., Keith Manley, Guy Puckett, A.J. Waid, Mike Karczewski & Cleave Warren get the Hi Speed Sled (HISS) ready for a test, SNORT, China Lake, 02 August 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

NWC SAR helicopter UH-1N Huey BuNo 158284 nears the site where an injured climber awaits rescue, 09 October 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

NWC SAR helicopter crewman hangs on the skid of UH-1N Huey BuNo 158284 looking towards a ledge where an injured climber awaits rescue, 09 October 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

Capt. Joey Rohletter by VMAQ-4 EA-6A Prowler BuNo 151600, RH-00, crewed by himself and Capt. Jim Grimshaw fired the first AGM-45 Shrike missile, 17 August 1985 at China Lake. Photo courtesy of MCARA.

 

 

VX-5 AT-1 Doug Cross re-enacts his reenlistment in the cockpit of VX-5 TA-4J Skyhawk BuNo 152862, XE-12, with LCDR Len Fox as the photographer refused to be an in-flight wing-walker, Armitage Field, China Lake, 23 August 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

The battle damaged PMTC QF-86F Sabre drone s/n 55-3926, #30, is about to vanissh into the vast cargo hold of C-130B Hercules s/n 58-0740, San Nicolas Island, 23 August 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

The biggest part of PMTC QF-86F Sabre drone s/n 55-3926, #30, is loaded into C-130B Hercules s/n 58-0740 for transport back to NWC, San Nicolas Island, 23 August 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

PMTC QF-86F Sabre drone, BuNo 55-3872, #35, October 1985.

Photo by C. Stewart

 

 

VAQ-34 ERA-3B Skywarrior BuNo 142668, GD-211, at Pt. Mugu, October 1985.

Photo by Bob Niedermeier.

 

 

We Built Sidewinder Mural, AIM-9 Mike Lab., 02 October 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

 

 

Robert Juarez, Jack Bates and Arthur Clayson received Technical Director Awards from Burrell Hays for their work on the AV-8B Harrier GAU-12/U 25mm cannon and the associated PGU-20 API round, China Lake, 04 October 1985. Rocketeer photo by PH2 Rick Moore.

 

 

China Lake aircraft display in the parking lot in front of the main entrance to Mike Lab. for the Navy's 210th birthday celebration, 19 October 1985.

Official U.S. Navy photo. Note /2.

 

 

Gary Bailey, Harlan Reep, Mike Youngblood and (kneeling) Barry Thompson, Mike Coraggio and Bill Lavender pose in front of T-39D Sabreliner BuNo 150992 after a series of test missions at White Sands to test infrared augmenters for an Army missile, China Lake, 01 November 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

Members of the FSAT Office pose on front of QF-4B Phantom II drone BuNo 152303, NWC-407, after the successful completion of the technical evaluation, Armitage Field, China Lake, 01 November 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

NWC China Lake's NA-3B Skywarrior BuNo 142630 at NARF Alameda where the wing skin was peeled back revealing cracks in the wing spar caps, 15 November 1985. Rocketeer photo.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69972, "Doc", China Lake, 09 Dec 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-70102, "Here's Hopin'", China Lake, 09 Dec 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

PMTC QF-86F Sabre drone s/n 56-2830, PMTC-38, circa 1985.

Naval Aviation News photo.

 

 

TH-1L Iroquois BuNo's 157835 (015) & 157836 (016), China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 137825, SNORT aircraft compound, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

T-2V Seastar BuNo 138004, SNORT aircraft compound, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

DF-8F Crusader BuNo 143791, SNORT aircraft compound, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 144976, SNORT aircraft compound, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Wing & engine from an unknown B-29A Superfortress, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Tail section, unknown B-29A Superfortress, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Tail section from B-29 Superfortress s/n 44-62112, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-62134, Igloos test site, RWTR, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-62134, Igloos test site, RWTR, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-62134, Igloos test site, RWTR, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

KB-29 Superfortress s/n 44-69729, "T Square 54", China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

KB-29 Superfortress s/n 44-69729, "T Square 54", China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A trio of B-29 Superfortesses, China Lake, circa 1985. clockwise from upper left: s/n 44-84084, s/n 44-87779 "Legal Eagle II" & 44-69729 "T Square 54"

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Three and 1/2 B-29 Superfortesses, China Lake, circa 1985.

B-29 at far left looks like s/n 44-70049 and then clockwise: s/n 44-69729 "T Square 54", s/n 44-84084 and s/n 44-87779 "Legal Eagle II". ©Photo Tom Mathewson.

 

 

Derelict remains of B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69957, Airport Lake, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69957, Airport Lake, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69957, Airport Lake, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

TB-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69972, "Doc", China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

TB-29A Superfortress s/n 44-69972, "Doc", China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-70049, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-70102, "Here's Hopin'", China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-84084, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

B-29A Superfortress s/n 44-84084, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF KC-97G Stratotanker s/n 52-2669, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF F-102A Delta Dart s/n 57-0777, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

C-117D Skytrain BuNo 12431, Naval Artic Research Laboratory N31310, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

C-117D Skytrain BuNo 17156, Naval Artic Research Laboratory N772NR, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F9F-6 Cougar BuNo 128109, Pt. Mugu 7L-132, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F9F-6 Cougar BuNo 128109, Pt. Mugu 7L-132, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-1E Skyraider BuNo 135188, VAQ-34, GD-700, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-1E Skyraider BuNo 135188, VAQ-34, GD-700, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142227, 6G-45, Armitage Field, circa 1985..

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142235, 6G-41, and A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142227, 6G-45, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142235, 6G-41, and A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 142227, 6G-45, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USN F-111B BuNo 152715, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

RVAH-12 Speartips, RA-5C Vigilante BuNo 156640, AC-602, Armitage Field, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441, lower Baker Range, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

TF-9J Cougar BuNo 142441, lower Baker Range, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7550, Airport Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F9F Cougar BuNo 128134, Slate Range, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F9F-7 Cougar BuNo 130860, Slate Range, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-11F Tiger, BuNo unknown, Larry Thompson & Sam Ford, Slate Range, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7530, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of an unknown A-4B Skyhawk, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7530, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7530, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Former VA-125 A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 139920, NJ-028, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Former VA-125 A-4A Skyhawk BuNo 139920, NJ-028, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of an A-4B Skyhawk, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of an A-4B Skyhawk, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of an unknown F11F Tiger, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Derelict remains of an unknown F11F Tiger, Winchester Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F9F-8 Cougar BuNo 138886, ECHO Range, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Unknown USAF F-84C Thunderjet, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Unknown USAF F-84C Thunderjet, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Unknown USAF F-84F Thunderstreak, Area R, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderstreak s/n 52-6475, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7524, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7568, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF RF-84F Thunderflash s/n 53-7568, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Unknown USAF T-33 Shooting Star, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Unknown USAF T-33 Shooting Star, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Burned out A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142892 & A-4B Skyhawk BuNo 142948, Survivability Lab., China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Remains of QT-33A Shooting Star drone BuNo 156016, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

T-38A Talon s/n 59-1594, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

T-38A Talon s/n 59-1595, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

QT-38A Talon s/n 59-1600, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

T-38A Talon s/n 61-0808 wing section, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

T-38A Talon s/n 61-0808 tail section, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Remains of QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144290, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Remains of QF-9J Cougar drone BuNo 144290, China Lake, circa 1985.

©Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-4B Phantom II BuNo 14943 (looks like 1) with VMFA-323 on the side and VMFA-531 tail markings, China Lake, circa 1985. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

Coso Range tactical aircraft bridge target, China Lake, circa December 1985. Photographer unknown.

 

 

COSO Range Soviet acquisition and ground control radar simulator, China Lake, circa December 1985. Photographer unknown.

 

 

Weapons Survivability Lab. compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4 Skyhawk fuselages and tail sections including BuNo's 139969 and 142142, circa 1980's, China Lake. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145067, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-8B Crusader BuNo 145449, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148391, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-4B Phantom II BuNo 148405 and DF-8F Crusader BuNo 143703, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-111B BuNo 151972, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

NOV-10A Bronco BuNo 152879, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

A-7A Corsair II BuNo 1532x5, China Lake, circa 1988. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

UH-1E Iroquois BuNo 153765, civil N67RF, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-84F Thunderstreak s/n 51-9433, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-84F Thunderstreak s/n 51-9499 and F-84F s/n 51-9433, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-84F Thunderstreak s/n 51-9499, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

F-84F Thunderstreak s/n 51-9499, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF F-89D Scorpion s/n 52-1927, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

USAF F-89D Scorpion s/n 52-1927, WSL compound, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 

 

U.S. Army Firebee drone, China Lake, circa 1980's. Photo from Duncan Curtis.

 
/1 Cdr. Nelson was an A-6 pilot who was flying a "Skipper" OPEVAL flight when the missile came off inadvertently. Flower & Nelson were on their way out to look for it in the OV-10 - it was found it on a ranch near Owens Lake.

/2 Top to bottom: VX-5 OV-10A Bronco, QF-86F Sabre s/n 55-5099 #871, A-4M Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair II, A-6 Intruder #604 & F/A-18 Hornet. Hawk launcher to the left of the displays that was modified to carry the tail control Sparrow missile.