While the Ground Observer Corps officially started in 1951, the Air Force began running test operations in 1950s. The January 22nd, 1951 issue of Life magazine gives us a glimpse of those early days and the first volunteers. The woman is working in a filter center and wears a distinctive striped apron. I've only seen … Continue reading The Early Days
Here in the United States, it's the 4th of July. This normally means fireworks, though this year many are canceled due to the pandemic. But if you have them in your area and you are wondering how high they are, you can use this handy Altitude-Distance Finder. These were handed out to all Ground Observer … Continue reading What’s Your Altitude?
July 2nd is World UFO Day. The Ground Observer Corps was the local contact for any UFO reports and other unusual activity. They worked with the Air Force's 4602nd squadron to locate downed aircraft and other unidentified aircraft. UFO enthusiasts, would often be denied access to GOC reports, which just fueled UFO conspiracy theories. Today, … Continue reading The GOC and World UFO Day