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VX-30 Naval Weapons Test Squadron (NWTS) Air Test and Evaluation, Point Mugu CA

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FIGHTERTOWN, USA - TOP GUN School NAS MIRAMAR, now MCAS MIRAMAR, assets from El Toro and Tustin due to BRAC

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NAVAL AIR FACILITY CHINA LAKE

 

NAF Chronology:
April 1943 The Hedron 14 Experimental Unit, a special aircraft ordnance group, was formed in San Diego to support the rocket test work of the California Institute of Technology.
December 1943 Aviation Ordnance Development Unit No. 1 (AODU-1) was commissioned under the cognizance of Commander Fleet Air, West Coast.
02 January 1944 The first contingent of AODU-1 personnel arrived at Inyokern.
February 1944 Carrier Aircraft Service Unit No. 53 (CASU-53) was assigned to NOTS.
10 May 1944 Aviation Facilities at Inyokern were established by the Secretary of the Navy as the U.S. Navy Air Facility, Inyokern, CA, and the name Harvey Field was officially adopted.
05 June 1944 AODU-1 was officially moved to NOTS.
28 June 1944 The ceremony naming the NOTS airfield in honor of the late LCdr Warren W. Harvey, aviation tactician and aircraft ordnance expert was held.
15 May 1945 The Naval Air Facility was moved to China Lake, CA.
30 May 1945 the new airfield was named Armitage Field in honor of LT John M. Armitage.
02 June 1945 The first project flight was flown from Armitage Field.
29 April 1947 Placed as a separate command under the military command and coordination of the CO of NOTS and under the management control of BuOrd.
05 May 1947 Armitage Field was commissioned under the official title of U.S. Naval Air Facility, U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, CA.
May 1954 A target drone unit was officially established as a permanent part of NAF.
26 July 1955 In a title change reflective of its actual physical location, NAF was officially redesignated U.S. Naval Air Facility, China Lake, CA.
01 July 1961 The administration and support of the Auxiliary Landing Field, San Clemente Island, were assigned to the NAF CO.
01 December 1976 Naval Air Facility, China Lake, CA, was disestablished after more than 30 years as a separate command, and became part of the Naval Weapons Center; the mission, functions, and organization of the NAF are incorporated essentially unchanged into the new Aircraft Department of the NWC Test and Evaluation Directorate.
08 May 1995 The Aircraft Department is disestablished and its personnel and functions incorporated into the newly created Naval Weapons Test Squadron (NWTS) China Lake, part of Test Wing Pacific of NAWCWPNS; the snake-wielding “dust devil” is adopted as mascot (although never officially approved).
01 May 2002 NWTSCL was redesignated Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One (VX-31).

 

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NAF EL CENTRO - The facility was commissioned on May 1, 1946, as a Naval Air Station. Prior to that, the base was a Marine Corps Air Station. Through the years, Navy El Centro has had several names: Naval Air Facility, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field, Naval Air Station, and the National Parachute Test Range.

For the first 35 years, the mission of NAF El Centro was devoted to aeronautical escape system testing, evaluation, and design. In November 1947, the Parachute Experimental Division from Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey moved to El Centro. In 1951, the Joint Parachute Facility was established and consisted of the Naval Parachute Unit and the U.S. Air Force's 6511th Test Group (Parachute). The Air Force remained part of El Centro’s test organization for the next 27 years.

 

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