What kind of mother would let her children play with a heat seeking missile?
Yes, that was a rhetorical question.
I took these photos several years ago at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California. It’s just down the street from China Lake’s vast Naval Air Warfare Center. The Husband and I happily took the kids there to learn about the desert town where he grew up and where their grandfather worked as an engineer for NAVAIR.
And yes, this trip to the museum did find its way into my novel China Lake. But everything else in the book is a product of my imagination. Unlike Evan Delaney, I did not liberate the missile from the museum. It’s still there. I hope.