Point Mugu Missile Park, Port Hueneme, CA
Mysterious light trails streaking the night skies of Los Angeles were common enough in the 1950s, 60s and 70s but explanations were rarely forthcoming from either the Air Force or the Navy. The Navy you say? Yes indeed. Just 50 miles north of Los Angles is the Navy’s #1 base for the development and testing of missiles, and off-course missiles and mysterious lights go hand-in-glove with flight testing. Naval Air Warfare Center Point Mugu runs the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Test Range.
Leaving mysterious lights aside, just outside the gates to Point Magi is your destination – the Point Mugu Missile Park. Here, a porcupine-like patch of concrete bristles with the many missiles and rockets used by the Navy including air-to-air missiles, surface-to-air missiles, surface-to-surface missiles and even knock offs of the German V-1s. There is a Regulus Missile, a pioneering sea-to-surface missile which was launched by submarines, the AIM Sidewinder carried by fighter jets, the submarine-launched Polaris ICBM, the radar guided Phoenix air-to-air missile, the HARM anti-radar missiles — and so much more.
The Missile Park is a little known gem about 90 minutes from mid-Wilshire area of LA. In addition to missiles you will find a handsome F-14 Tomcat and two beautiful F-4 Phantom fighter jets one of which is painted in the hi-viz colors of a target drone.
Hours: Open 24 hoursVisit museum website