About Glynco

The airport a few miles north of Brunswick, Georgia, is now Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, a regional airport, and since 1975 home to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

NAS Glynco once housed Fleet Airship Wing One, Squadron ZP-15 with eight airships in its two gigantic hangers, each 1,000 feet long, 300 feet wide and 200 feet tall (able to hold six football fields). They were demolished in 1971 but you can still see their outlines in aerial photos.

NATTC Glynco's primary mission was Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) training.

Here's an overall view of the base today.

Zooming in a bit closer, the long rectangular tree area at left center (corresponding one on the right has no trees) is where the giant hangers once stood.

Here's an excellent bird's eye view of what then was our barracks building and chow hall.

19 comments:

Jim said...

Is there any group blog or whatever of Navy or Marines that were stationed there? I was there from '72 - '75.

Bob Johnson said...

I posted a Glynco group on NavyVets web page but there have not been any members joining so far. I was at Glynco for A school Oct 68-April 60', then back again for GCA May-Sept 70'

O said...

I was at Glynco for ATC A school from Feb-July 1970
Oscar

O said...

From Glynco I was stationed at Alameda NAS from 1970-1973. Any AC's stationed there at that time?
O

fultonhpmlls said...

I was stationed at Glynco from 1963 to 1965 and was assined to the aircraft crass crew. I Liked Glynco and Brunswick very much.

Gunny said...

I was a USMC Sgt. stationed there from 01-71 until 06-71. My family & I lived on St. Simons Island while I attended the MATCU Maint. course. I left there as a 5953 GCA Maint. Tech., and was transferred to MCAS(H) New River, NC.

I enjoyed my tour there.

Lee Hall

Anonymous said...

I was stationed there from 1961 / 1964 i worked on the constallations had a great time while stationed there.
D C Rhoads

Bill said...

I was stationed at NAS Glynco from early 1967 to August,1969; an AME working in the Egress shop for most of my tour. Lived in the barracks most of my tour but lived on St. Simons for awhile. Rode a Triumph Bonnevile, was a member of the Aero Club and just really enjoyed that area to the fullest.

Paul said...

NAS Glynco - I was stationed there from Dec 1958 to Mar 1961. I spent the first year in the crash crew and the rest of the time as an air traffic controler in the tower. Someone online had pictures taken in the 70's and it had not changed a bit. Even inside the barracks looked the same.
Paul Lapense

Tom Clawson said...

I attended AC and GCA schools in the early 60's at Glynco. I took some flying lessons from a LTCDR in a Piper J3 and found out he was drunk every time we went up. Also I had my first experience with racism on Jekyll Island. That was an eye opener for a Northeastern white boy. Stationed Point Mugu, Atsugi and USS Ranger. Out to FAA in 1968

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JimP said...

I was stationed at Glynco Dec. 69 - Oct. 72 as a Marine. I was an instructor at ATC A and GCA C schools. I lived on Jekyll Island, a trailer park on Hwy 17, and the Marine barracks. I really loved that duty and miss it.

Ken Hayes said...

I was stationed at Glynco from 1958 thru 1960. I was attached to NATTC and flew as an AT on 143221 (WV-2).
We were the ops and maint crews for
the school on the WV-2s. Got in over 900 hours in 221, mostly over the Atlantic. I really enjoyed Brunswick and my job. I was there while the Blimp squadrons were still active and in 1959 they were decommissioned and flown to Lake Hurst N.J. They were a beautiful sight to see both landing and taking off. Many fond memories.

jentra said...

Went to AC-A school summer of 1964. Rented a trailer just outside the gate. Was a member of the Glynco Navy flying club. Worked part time at the local airport gassing airplanes and mowing grass. I departed Glynco the day hurricane Dora came ashore. Transferred to NAS Whiting Field. Discharged 1966 then went to work for LSI as an Air Traffic Controller in Vietnam. Now a retired FAA controller. WOW that was a fast 47 years!!

Anonymous said...

I went to ACA School at NAS Glynco in 66. Here's a FB Group - "Marine Air Traffic Controllers Association" (MATCA)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/?sk=nf


Pat Vaughan, USMC 6711 1965-69

T. Kelley said...

I was a PN2-PN1 2612 in the Admin bldg. I had to reclassify the ACA dropouts. There from 71-74. Even married one of the
local "crackers".

zeke said...

I was stationed there as a trainee (ATW-A School) in the early part of 1963.We were housed in some of the old WW2 barracks close to the blimp hangars. It was a "loooong" way to the NATTC. Loved the chow hall and the "laid back" atmosphere for a training base.

Ed Miller said...

Was home ported there on Ranger, 69-71

Ed Miller said...

AC A school 5/69-8/69. USS Ranger until 6\71. GCA 6/71-8/71. Quonset Point till 73 then Pax River until 4/76. Barton ATC at Martin airport, Baltimore. FAA, MLB until strike.