On June 24 and June 25, I was treated to a tour of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station by Captain Jim Seaman, the Military Deputy Commander for Pacific Ranges. China Lake hosts some of the facilities of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.
Panorama of the main base area of China Lake NAWS from B Mountain. The town of Ridgecrest is at far left. The southern Sierra Nevada is on the horizon at center. The Coso Mountains are to the right. The object at far right is a radar reflector mounted on a pole a few feet away (note its shadow on the ground).
Link to the web site of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.
Click on the pictures below to link to the displays of pictures from the tour:
China Lake NAWS is home to a variety of vintage aircraft. The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology has assembled a very interesting collection with some types not found elsewhere. The Weapons Survivability Laboratory (WSL) evaluates the damage done to airframes by different types of weapons.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team set up a demonstration of several types of explosives, including an anti-car-bomb blast.
China Lake NAWS is home to the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology. It houses an extensive collection of missiles and weapons delivery systems.
(Please note: the Goleta Air & Space Museum is not directly affiliated with the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology. I cannot arrange access to the museum or get you onto China Lake NAWS. Visit the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology web site for information about visiting the museum.)
Many historic photos of China Lake are displayed on the unofficial web site for NAF China Lake and VX-5.
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Go to home page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.