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9 Photographs from the U. S. Naval Auxiliary Air Station Glynco, Brunswick, Georgia

10" by 8" (x2); 7" by 5"; 4.75" by 4"; 9.75" by 7.5"; 4" by 5"; 4.5" by 3.5"; 5" by 4" (x2)


 

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Unbound photographs in black and white

Naval Air Station Glynco (IATA: NEA, ICAO: KNEA) was an operational naval air station from 1942 to 1974. NAS Glynco was originally slated for decommissioning in 1949 when tensions in Korea prompted the Navy to reconsider the value of the airship's anti-submarine warfare capabilities. As a result, the base was retained in an active status and a full complement of blimps returned to NAS Glynco, primarily under Airship Patrol Squadrons 2 (ZP-2) and 3 (ZP-3). In addition, airship pilot training for previously designated heavier-than-air Naval Aviators from the fixed-wing and rotary-wing communities was conducted by the Airship Training Unit (ZTG) at NAS Glynco, which had moved from NAS Lakehurst in 1954. Other training functions followed. However, the Navy began to slowly dismantle the airship program and decommissioned ZP-2, ZP-3 and ZTG in 1959. The mammoth blimp hangars finally succumbed to the effects of time and climate and the unique landmarks were demolished in 1971.

This collection includes photographs of the sons of the well known Patrick Nieson Lynch Bellinger. Born on October 8, 1885 at Cheraw, South Carolina, P.N.L. Bellinger graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1907.  He took an early interest in aviation and in 1912 was among the first group of seven US Navy pilots to be certified. In April 1914 he flew during occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, conducting reconnaissance missions off the USS Mississippi, and became first Navy pilot to come home with enemy bullet holes in his aircraft.   He set an altitude record of 10,000 feet in 1915 and experimented constantly with bombing techniques, catapult takeoffs at sea, and flight instruments. During World War I, he commanded the Naval Air Station at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and there began preparing for a trans-Atlantic flight.   The attempt was delayed until 1919, but on May 8, three Glenn Curtiss-built planes took off from Rockaway, Long Island. Then a Lieutenant, he piloted the NC-1, accompanied by Lieutenant Marc A. Mitscher. Forced down in fog 100 miles west of the Azores, they were picked up by a Greek steamer shortly before the plane sank in heavy sea. The NC-3 also went down and the NC-4, piloted by Lieutenant Albert C. Read, completed the flight. 

By 1940 he had advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral in command of Patrol Wing 2 based in Honolulu. He was the senior air officer present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and himself sent out the first radio alert: "Air raid. Pearl Harbor - this is no drill."  In May 1942 he took command of all patrol wings in the Pacific, and in August became Chief of Staff to the Commander In Chief of the US Fleet, Admiral Ernest J. King. In March 1943, he was given command of the Atlantic Fleet Air Force, with primary responsibility for anti-submarine patrols throughout the Atlantic. He was promoted to Vice Admiral in October 1943.  He retired from active duty in 1949 and died on May 30, 1962 at Clifton Forge, Virginia.  He was buried with full military honours in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.

There are also photographs of: L. J. Wroten, W. S. Patterson, W. E. Brandes, G. R. McQueen, P. Mervin Wise, and F. R. Holden

CONDITION

There is wear to the photographs including singed edges with loss to just over half of the pictures as can be seen above. Some of the photographs have other small areas of loss. Overall the condition of the other photographs is good.

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