NAS Point Mugu

Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, CA

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Naval Air Station,
Point Mugu, CA
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Naval Air Warfare Station,
Point Mugu, CA
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Naval Air Warfare Center
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Weapons Test Squadron
Point Mugu, CA
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Outlying Landing Field,
San Nicolas Island, CA
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QF-4 Phantom Drone
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Heritage

  • In 1941 when the U.S. entered World War II, Point Mugu became a training area for the Seabees at Port Hueneme. The Seabees put down a section of the Marston Mat runway that became Point Mugu’s first airstrip. A Naval Air Facility was established to test and evaluate the Loon surface-to-surface missile, followed by other missile programs. In 1946 it became Naval Air Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, then in 1949 the Naval Air Station Point Mugu was founded to provide support for the Missile Test Center. After the Army transferred more than 19,000 acres of South Camp Cooke to the Navy in 1958, the Pacific Missile Range was formed with headquarters at Point Mugu. Despite the name changes of the station, Point Mugu’s quality of testing and evaluation has been instrumental in the development of numerous missiles including the Sparrow, Polaris, Trident, Harpoon, Tomahawk, SLAM and Sidewinder. On Jan. 22, 1992, the Naval Air Station was re-established as the Naval Air Weapons Station.


Aircraft

  • Date First Received - - - - - Type of Aircraft:
  • 30 January 1965- - - Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk *
  • 5 June 1968- - - - - Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
  • 20 January 1969- - - Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk *
  • 24 January 1968- - - Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
  • 11 December 1970 - - Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
  • * November 30, 1962
    • The A4D-2 designation was changed to A-4B
    • The A4D-5 designation was changed to A-4E


    Commanding Officers

    • Assumed Command - - - - Commanding Officer
    • Unknown - - - - - - Lcdr. L. G. Lehrer
    • 01 August 1949- - - Capt. E. W. Parish, Jr.
    • November 1950 - - - Capt Myron T. Evans
    • January 1953- - - - Capt Evan E. Fickling
    • April 1954- - - - - Capt. Bowen F. McLeod
    • December 1955 - - - Capt. John C. Alderman


    Events

    • Naval Weapons Test Squadron Point Mugu was established in May 1995 after being established in October 1994 as a result of the Naval Air Warfare Center competency realignment. The squadron is the principal Naval flight and ground test support activity for all Point Mugu sited Naval Air Systems Command aircraft and aircraft functions, including logistics and training support. The squadron is ideally located near the largest sea test range in the world, and only minutes away by aircraft from extensive Edwards and China Lake overland test range complexes. Squadron assets routinely deploy world wide to meet unique weapons testing needs at remote ranges and to provide fleet support.

      Squadron aircraft include the NF-14A/B/D, QF-4N/S, NP-3D, DC-130A, and the SA227 Metroliner. F-14 Tomcats are utilized in the development testing of new weapons and hardware, as well as software and mission planning systems. QF-4 Phantoms can be conventionally piloted as test platforms or flown via remote control as unmanned aerial targets. P-3 Orion aircraft provide the capability to track targets in support of various missions through use of an extensive suite of sophisticated telemetry, radar, and optical systems, in addition to providing support missions for the Fleet. The DC-130 Hercules provides the capability to launch sub scale aerial targets, as well as airborne logistics support. Metroliners provide key round trip passenger service to China Lake on a daily basis, and to other locales as required.


    Awards

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    Photos

    9 June, 1963:
    President Kennedy visiting Point Mugu Naval Air and Missile test base.
    President Kennedy flashes his famous smile as he bids goodbye to the crowd who turned out to see him during his brief stopover at Point Mugu during his half-hour stay at the Point Mugu, Missile complex. President Kennedy went to the podium and gave a short speech. "We did not come here from Washington, D.C., to encourage the military forces, but rather to see the military forces encourage ourselves". "We have seen, for the past 24 hours, seeing the military forces of the United States here on the West coast". I go back to Washington with the feeling of renewed pride in being an American and renewed confidence in being a citizen of the greatest republic on earth". The 60,000 persons who visited here that day and heard him speak those words could well paraphrase him; "We did not come to encourage the President, but to be encouraged by him". Indeed it must seem ironic that on that day the weather was dull, overcast, dark (President Kennedy laughed," I had heard of the California sunshine, and I believe sometime today I am going to see it"). He then laughed about the absence of the sunshine and concluded "I want to express our thanks to all of you for coming out here and giving us a warm hello". The mood was festive, happy perhaps even joyous. The President left the speakers podium and in his typical fashion, mingled with the crowd shaking countless hands. He was finally ushered to the Presidential plane, from where he gave a farewell wave to 60,000 persons who were seeing him for the last time.
    Official United States Navy photograph, G. Verver collection.

    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145092, 7L-46, parked on the ramp.

    February 1964 A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 149654, from Naval Missile Center Point Mugu, California is pictured firing a Shrike from a loft maneuver over one of the NAF China Lake Ranges.
    Official United States Navy photograph, G. Verver collection.

    28 March 1969 A-4B Skyhawk BuNo. 142084, 7L-54 Point Mugu.
    Official U.S. Navy photo, G. Verver Collection.

    11 February 1971 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158151, #83, and Bulldog missile upload photo 1 of 5.
    11 February 1971 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158151, #83, and Bulldog missile upload photo 2 of 5.
    11 February 1971 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158151, #83, and Bulldog missile upload photo 3 of 5.
    11 February 1971 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158151, #83, and Bulldog missile upload photo 4 of 5.
    11 February 1971 A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158151, #83, and Bulldog missile upload photo 5 of 5.
    Official U.S. Navy photographs, G. Verver

    DEC 1995:
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    Pic2
    Weapons Test Center aircraft, BuNo 152102. This "T" Bird was the first, converted from an A-4E airframe into a two-seat TA-4E. The designation was changed in short-order, to TA-4F.
    Photos Copyrighted by Joe Cupido, "AIRFOTO"


    Sources

    • Gary Verver

    A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to NAS Point Mugu:
    • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
      • 142141 c/n 11395
        • 30 Jan 1965 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 15 Sep 1966 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 18 Dec 1968 - NAS R&T Point Mugu - Convert to TA-4B
        • 09 Sep 1969 - NAS - NAS Olathe, KS
      • 142683 c/n 11745
        • 24 Nov 1965 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 18 Dec 1968 - NAS RDT&E Point Mugu - Convert to TA-4B
        • 04 Feb 1970 - Stricken - 2S
      • 142709 c/n 11771
        • 21 Jun 1968 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 18 Dec 1968 - NAS R&T Point Mugu - Convert to TA-4B
        • 01 Jul 1969 - NARTU - NAS Alameda, CA
      • 142777 c/n 11839
        • 30 Oct 1967 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 18 Dec 1968 - NAS R&T Point Mugu - Convert to TA-4B
        • 09 Aug 1969 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 144925 C/N 12171
        • 30 Oct 1967 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 18 Dec 1968 - NAS R&T Point Mugu - Convert to TA-4B
        • 17 Jul 1969 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 145034 C/N 12280
        • 22 Jul 1965 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 16 Feb 1967 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 16 Jul 1968 - NAS - NAS Glenview, IL
      • 145067 c/n 12313
        • 10 Mar 1969 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 10 Mar 1969 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 03 Apr 1971 - NAF RDT&E - NAF China Lake, CA
      • 145071 c/n 12317
        • 27 Jun 1969 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 27 Jun 1969 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 17 Feb 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD

        • 04 Mar 1970 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 09 Mar 1971 - MASDC - Davis-Mothan AFB, Tucson, AZ
      • 145073 c/n 12319
        • 10 Feb 1969 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 10 Feb 1969 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 31 Dec 1969 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD

        • 26 Jan 1970 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 07 May 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD

        • 07 May 1970 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 07 May 1970 - NATC Flt Tst - NAS Patuxent River, MD
    • Douglas A4D-5 (A-4E) Skyhawk
      • 149654 c/n 12979
        • 20 Jan 1969 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 25 Apr 1975 - PacMisTestCen - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 01 Jun 1976 - NAS - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 01 Jul 1977 - PacMisTestCen - NAS Point Mugu, CA
      • 151163 c/n 13333
        • 15 Aug 1969 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 18 Sep 1969 - VA-216 - USS Forrestal

    • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
      • 152847 C/N 13493
        • 24 Jun 1968 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 10 Feb 1969 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 20 Mar 1970 - NWEF - Kirtland AFB, NM
      • 152872 C/N 13518
        • 17 Mar 1970 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 10 Dec 1970 - NAS RDT&E Point Mugu - Convert to TA-4J
        • 25 Apr 1975 - PacMisTestCen - NAS Point Mugu, CA

        • 01 Jun 1976 - NAS - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 01 Jul 1977 - PacMisTestCenter - NAS Point Mugu, CA

    • Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
      • 154176 c/n 13633
        • 05 Jun 1968 - NAS R&T - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 05 May 1968 - NATC WpnSysTst - NAS Patuxent River, MD

        • 07 Jan 1972 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 10 Jul 1973 - VA-127 - NAS Lemoore, CA

    • Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
      • 158151 c/n 14188
        • 11 Dec 1970 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 05 Nov 1970 - NPRO - Long Beach, CA
      • 158155 c/n 14192
        • 01 Feb 1971 - NAS RDT&E - NAS Point Mugu, CA
        • 13 Apr 1971 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC

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