Pioneering Sidewinder pilot visits China Lake Museum

Pioneering Sidewinder pilot visits China Lake MuseumMike Chien talks to China Lake Museum Docent George Pruitt during a visit to the local Navy museum. Chien, 87, was a Taiwan Air Force pilot in 1958, and the first pilot to use a Sidewinder in combat. He shot down two Communist Chinese MIGs, a feat that is credited with helping stop the conflict between Communist China and Taiwan. Earlier this week Chien was given a private tour of the museum, which includes displays honoring China Lake’s role in developing the Sidewinder. Pruitt, a retired China Laker, was formerly head of Geometric Dimension and Tolerance, and instrumental in starting the apprentice program on base. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2019-06-07