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Home > California > China Lake vicinity > Naval Ordnance Test Station Inyokern, Randsburg Wash Facility Target Test Towers, Tower Road, China Lake, Kern County, CA



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Location
Tower Road, China Lake vicinity, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-353
Building/structure dates: 1951 initial construction
Significance: The Randsburg Wash Target Test Towers (Buildings 70021 and 70022) are significant for their role in the naval testing of proximity or variable time (VT) fuzes, a vital element of the Navy's weapons program. The towers played a key role in the Cold War proximity fuze test program at the Randsburg Wash facility, a program that eventually led to the Navy adapting the use of these fuzes to guided missiles. The towers are important on a national level during the period of significance between 1952 and 1960; the years in which the most important achievements in the Navy's developments of the properties and attributes of proximity fuzes. The towers are also significant for their unique engineering achievement, as 360 foot-tall, pyramidal wood towers.

Subjects
Towers
Testing
Cold War


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Contextual view of Buildings 70021 and 70022. facing northeast
Contextual view of Buildings 70021 and 70022. facing southwest
Contextual view of Buildings 70021 and 70022. facing south
View of Building 70021, facing north
View of Building 70022, showing paved road (bottom left), facing northeast
Detail view of base of Building 70021, showing Building 70022 (background), facing southeast
View of base of Building 70021, facing northeast
Detail view of base of Building 70022, showing target (right), facing east
View showing base of Building 70021 with Building 70022 in background, facing southeast
View of top portion of Building 70021
Detail view of wood gussets on Building 70021
View of hoist southeast of Building 70022. facing northwest. Building 70022 is in background
Detail view of hoist located southeast of Building 70022
Detail view of pulley adjacent to northwest of hoist
View of camera station located northeast of Building 70022, facing south
View of camera station located northeast of Building 70022, facing northwest


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