U.S. Navy video salutes L-344 members

L-344 members keep aircraft flying at China Lake.

Film honors those who keep aircraft flying

BOILERMAKERS WHO maintain U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft at the Navy Air Weapons Station (NAWS) at China Lake, Calif., were honored recently through a newly-released video tribute. Titled “The Unsung Hero: VX-31,” the 4-minute film depicts Local 344 members at work on military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

“Without an intensely-devoted team of professionals, these amazing aircraft would be nothing more than garden sculptures,” says the film’s narrator.

VX-31 refers to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31, which goes by the nickname Dust Devils. More than 300 Boilermakers are employed at the China Lake facility. All technicians depicted in the film are L-344 members.

The video was produced by the Navy Public Affairs Office and the Video Projects Group. To quickly access the video, use the “Click to Watch Now” link.