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History of Glynco Naval Air Station

Located in the flat pinelands north of Brunswick, GA, is the former Glynco Naval Air Station, a base for the Navy’s fleet of airships, commonly known as blimps, which patrolled the coast for marauding German submarines during World War II.  The NAS property is now home to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).  Established in 1942, Glynco played an important role in the defense of the southern Atlantic coast during the war and greatly contributed to the cultural and economic life of Brunswick and Glynn County. 

Interest in the legacy of Glynco has increased in recent years resulting in the installation of two new exhibits on the history of the base, one at the FLETC visitor’s center and one at the Brunswick Airport.  This popular history brochure accompanies a third exhibit installed at the Brunswick Public Library in the continuing effort to interpret the significant history of Glynco to the public.

Historical Photos of the Glynco Naval Air Station

Photo: Postcard: Greetings from the Navy Blimps

Glynco postcard, “Greetings from the Navy Blimps.” Courtesy Paul Pribble.

Photo: Downtown Brunswick Viewed from a Glynco Blimp

Downtown Brunswick from a Glynco blimp, c.1943. Courtesy John Fahey.

Photo: Glynco Blimp Landing on Aircraft Carrier

Glynco blimp landing on an aircraft carrier. Courtesy David Gill.

Photo: Crewmember Working on Blimp

Glynco crewmember working on blimp from a ladder. Courtesy of FLETC.

Photo: Crewmembers Climbing Aboard Blimp

Crewmembers climbing aboard a blimp gondola, c.1950s. Courtesy David Gill.

Photo: Blimp Flight Log

Blimp flight log, 1950. Courtesy of Evan Mathis.