Aerial Photos of NAS Point Mugu, July 2, 2020


Naval Air Station (NAS) Point Mugu is located about 50 miles north-west of Los Angeles on the California Coast. With its large sea test range, controlled by the remote facility on San Nicolas Island, it serves as a US Navy test range for new weapons systems. The base has close ties with the Air Force test sites at Tonopah Test Range (TTR) and Area 51 in Nevada. Commuter flights frequently shuttle personnel between these bases.

All photos by Gabriel Zeifman, with friendly permission. Image editing and panoramas by Gary "The Skunk". Click in the photos to enlarge.

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Overview of NAS Point Mugu looking south-west with the Pacific Coast is in the background. The North Ramp in the foreground is used by the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-30. Past the 5,100ft. Runway 9/27 follows the main ramp area. See the close-up below for more details. The ramp on the right is used by the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-115. Further to the right is the 11,000ft. Runway 3/21.


Close-up of the main ramp. The far left part of the ramp is the main air operations base of a private contractor, Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC). They provide tactical flight training and adversary aggressor services similar to Draken International providing aggressor aircraft at Nellis AFB, NV. The next hangar to the right with C-130 and P-3 parked in front is used by VX-30. The center of the ramp is home of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VR-55. Then follows the control tower, base operations and the Coast Guard station.


Close-up photo of the control tower and Coast Guard station.

View of the main base area looking north-east.

C-130J on the Channel Islands Air National Guard Ramp north of the main base area.

View of the North Ramp. The hangar on the left is part of VX-30. The Hangar 323 on the right is home of the new Unmanned Patrol Squadron VUP-19, Detachment Point Mugu that operates MQ-4C Triton UAV.

E-2C Hawkeye of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-115 parked on the VAW Ramp.

Beach, RV park and base recreation area by the coast, separated from the base by Mugu Lagoon on the left.

GKR-11 Telemetry Site Point Mugu on the south side of Mugu Lagoon

Radar Reflectivity Laboratory Point Mugu, indoor RCS measurement range


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