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
My June in-person presentation is now a virtual presentation on July 9th. Information and a sign-up link is here: https://arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org/events/virtual-program-the-ground-observer-corps-looking-up-from-ground-zero/ Hope to virtually see everyone!
The Aircraft Flash form went through 3 versions throughout the run of the Ground Observer Corps (GOC). The first was AF Form 6-2 in 1950. A book of Aircraft Flash Forms 6-2 shown with the 1950 Ground Observer's Guide entry. This form was probably only issued for a year as in 1951, the updated Aircraft … Continue reading In Good Form
Here's a Christmas message from the Commander of the Air Defense Command to the GOC in the January, 1958 issue of The Aircraft Flash. One would assume this would be sent out in December.
This is a great talk by fellow Ground Observer Corps historian, Jon Axline. He talks about the GOC in Montana, which had nearly 12,000 volunteers over the course of the program. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS8WTKVM8oc
Here are 4 types of brochures that the Ground Observer Corps used throughout its existence. The two at the end are from 1955 and 1951 respectively. The smaller one on the right is an updated version of the original 1951 edition. Two have contact information for the local Civil Defense offices and the other two … Continue reading Getting the Word Out
I've mentioned filter centers a bunch but have managed to completely forget to write a blog post about them. A lot went on at a filter center so there will be a series of posts about them. I also found out that my father worked at the filter center in Montgomery, AL in I think … Continue reading This Post is Filtered – Filter Centers
Goodness, I've been neglecting this blog. So sorry. I've got some new items that I hope to photograph soon and write up. Until then... To celebrate Halloween week, I came across this website which has loads of transcribed reports of the Ground Observer Corps' reports on UFOs from 1954. Many of them came from the … Continue reading More UFO Sightings
It's July 14th and you know what that means, right? Bastille Da...no wait, Ground Observer Corps Day! What are you doing to celebrate? Are you having a picnic with your fellow observers? Did you get a nice little ceremony at your observation post with town officials? Is there a nice shout out in the paper … Continue reading Happy Ground Observer Corps Day
No, gentle readers, you read that headline correctly. I was going to write this entry a bit later but apparently Trump is talking UFO and the US Navy has revised its guidelines on how to report UFOs. The GOC was actually tasked to spot UFOs. Well, not in so many words but being under the … Continue reading When Ground Observers Spotted UFOs