COLD WAR RELIC

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COLD WAR RELIC

Post by Ben Dover » Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:53 pm

It is called a "Pipper"
I found this back a few years ago, they were used in the Filter Center by members of the Ground Observer Corps (GOC) to track aircraft on a huge plotting board that were reported by volunteer observers in towers around the state. This was in the days before there was sufficient radar to track entire regions of the country.
I was a proud member of the GOC and spent hours at the local Filter Center tracking reported aircraft. I remember having a B-17 flying low with one engine out in our area (One Multi Low) and it was likely the U.S. Coast Guard PB-1G (Coast Guard version) coming to Dow AFB. Back in the fifties the PB-1G's were used to track iceburgs off New Foundland.
What was great about the Filter Center being handy to Dow was that Sgt Emerson would take a group of us to one of those domed Radar Stations 30 miles away and we observed Radar in action. A pair of ME ANG F-94B's asked for help in intercepting a B-36 that was in the area at 50,000 feet and could not catch it.
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Re: COLD WAR RELIC

Post by Ben Dover » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:33 am

Any former GOC Members on G-503? It was a proud organization to belong to, Civilian Volunteers, the eyes and ears of ADC plotting aircraft that the military lacked the capability to do.
Back in those early 50's days it was common to find "chaff" in the trees of wooded areas surrounding USAF Bases in the Northeast. Canadian TBM avengers, CF-100's were occasional visitors to Dow Field and overflights of Canadian Lancasters were common. The daily rumble of B-36's could also be heard.
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Re: COLD WAR RELIC

Post by Ben Dover » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:05 pm

We used to track Aircraft across our sector and hand them off to other tracking centers, one was at Moncton New Brunswick, Canada. Some of the Observation Towers were Forest Ranger Towers and were quite breezy. I enjoyed it a lot more at the Filter Center. We also learned to write backwards when plotting planes on a screen.

Anyone have any Ground Observer Corps (GOC) items for sale?
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Re: COLD WAR RELIC

Post by Ben Dover » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:30 pm

Never thought, but should our power grid be eliminated, these may be back.
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