Magnificent Mavericks: Transition of the Naval Ordnance Test Station from Rocket Station to Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Center, 1948-58

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Magnificent Mavericks tells the story of the creative military/civilian team who worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) China Lake from 1948 to 1958. Projects developed there include Sidewinder, the world s first successful heat-homing guided missile; Polaris, for which NOTS provided conceptual studies as well as major T&E programs; the 6.5-Inch Antitank Aircraft Rocket (Ram), developed and delivered in a month to meet urgent needs in Korea; the 2.75-Inch Folding-Fin Aircraft Rocket (Mighty Mouse) introduced in Korea and used in every conflict since then; and many other products developed at NOTS to meet the needs of the fleet. Also addressed are propellant technology and other significant innovations in applied research. Improvements to the station s unexcelled facilities R&D laboratories and T&E tracks and ranges are described, as is the community of China Lake, which played an important role in employee morale and productivity.

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July 1949
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Naval Air Facility propellerdriven F6F Hellcat loaded with
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Fins of 2 75Inch FoldingFin Aircraft Rocket in an open position
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Dr Marguerite Rogers measuring tracks of protons in photographic
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Life on the Desert
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China Lake Community Manager John O Richmond
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China Lake volunteers with young polio victim 21 March 1950
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Awards banquet at the Chief Petty Officers Mess 1952
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Leadership in Transition
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Dr Frederick W Brown January 1952
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Housing on Balsam Street and Coso Avenue in Ridgecrest early
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Wherry housing corner of Carricart and Segundo Streets June
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Captain David B Young
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First Sidewinder Successes
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Dr Thomas S Amlie
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Sidewinder control package with Type A seeker
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Wild horses running across a slope China Lake north range
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Pasadena Annex
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Green Street offices Pasadena Annex
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William H Saylor June 1951
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China Lakes First Missiles
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Young Bill and LaV McLean circa 1941
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Lawrence W Larry Nichols
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Sidewinder diagram showing the missiles main components
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Years of Change
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Wreckage of JRB aircraft that crashed on 3 February 1949 killing
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Meeting of the NOTS Advisory Board 27 July 1950
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Ridgecrest housing August 1949
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A Broad Spectrum of Work
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Dr Ivar E Highberg at the blackboard
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Sierra Wave effect looking south along the Owens Valley
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Chemical laboratory for propellant investigation
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Cold War Turned Hot
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5Inch Antitank Antiaircraft Rocket Ram or the shaped
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AD Skyraider aircraft firing Mighty Mouse salvo over China Lake
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Politics and Progress
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Admiral Thomas H Moorer Chief of Naval Operations 1967
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China Lakedeveloped 19round disposable rocket launcher
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Ignitiondelay apparatus used for measurement of hypergolic
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Indoor Flights Outdoor Labs
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Belmont Bel Frisbee operating a 40mm gun turret converted
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Goodyear Aircraft Corporation Electronic Differential Analyzer
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Sled preparations for rocketlauncher test on B4 Track
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Test preparations at SNORT July 1956
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Loading a 3inch gun to fire down the length of the
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Reeves Electronic Analog Computer
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LaV McLeans famous bash after the first successful Sidewinder
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Polaris Pilot Plants and Penetrators
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Project Camel crew at Ye Olde Coffee Shop Salt Wells Pilot
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Franklin H Frank Knemeyer October 1956
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Salt Wells Pilot Plant June 1959
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Expanding Torpedo and Undersea Research Programs
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Wilson Cove San Clemente Island
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Drawing of Bernard Barney Smith presented to him as he left
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Test at sea of the EX8 torpedo later designated Mk 46
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Golden Years
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Bill McLean at his desk
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LaV McLean and some of her students at Burroughs Junior High
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Captain Frederick L Ashworth
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From Rocket to Missile
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John Pearson
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Sailors loading Sidewinder onto its launcher 22 March 1956
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F9F8 aircraft firing Sidewinder to score a direct hit on the target
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Sidewinder mural on the wall of Michelson Laboratory machine
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Pilots Targets Tactics
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F4D1 Skyray piloted by Lieutenant Commander Joel Premselaar
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Graphic depiction of VX5developed loft bombing technique
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Response to Sputnik
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Dr Pierre SaintAmand
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Dish antenna helix antenna and portable receivers for monitoring
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Lieutenant Commander S Joel Premselaar with F4D1 aircraft
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Breadth Depth and New Demands
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Newt Ward presenting commendations to members of the Walleye
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Lessons From the Magnificent Mavericks
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