Walleye 50th anniversary exhibit to be unveiled

The China Lake Museum Foundation will unveil its latest exhibit on Friday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m.,at the China Lake Museum at One Pearl Harbor Way, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake.

The Honorable Juan M. Garcia, III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs has been invited to participate the ribbon cutting commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Walleye TV-guided glide bomb’s introduction to the Fleet.

Following brief presentations on the design, deployment and effectiveness of the Walleye system, the new interactive display (under construction) will be formally incorporated into the China Lake Museum’s collection.

The Walleye, a precision-guided air-to-surface glide bomb, was conceived, designed, developed and tested by Jack Crawford and Bill Woodworth and a small team of smart technical people at China Lake in the early 1960s. Guided by a small television camera in the nose of the bomb, the Walleye was a true fire-and-forget weapon. Although no longer in service, the Walleye was milestone in guided weapons systems.

The China Lake Museum Foundation cordially invites everyone to attend this no-cost celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

Story First Published: 2013-10-23