Brunswick Golden Isles Airport
Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, previously known as Glynco Jetport, is a county-owned public-use airport located five nautical miles north of the central business district of Brunswick, a city in Glynn County, Georgia, United States. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline.
It was 1942, and most Americans were unaware that German U-boats were sinking American ships up and down the East Coast with frightening regularity. Even Glynn County was affected when a U-boat sank two merchant ships off the coast of St. Simons Island in April 1942.
To counter the threat, the U.S. Navy had a valuable surveillance tool at its disposal: lighter-than-air airships, or blimps. In August of 1942, the Navy began building NAS Glynco, an air base for blimps on 2,400 acres in north Glynn County. In 14 months, workers built two enormous wooden hangars, measuring 1,058 feet long, 297 feet wide and 182 feet tall, to house a six-ship fleet and to provide maintenance for blimps from other bases.
And so the naval air station became the forerunner of what is today Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.