ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Wednesday, May 15, at the Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands, veterans John Corbett and Cory James Newman will present an illustrated history of the 646th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron and the Highlands Army Air Defense Site. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
In January 1958, nineteen year old US Air Force recruit John Corbett was assigned to the 646th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron in Hartschorne Woods Park, Highlands, NJ. On May 15, Corbett will discuss the work of the 646th in the Cold War Era defense of the New York metropolitan area. His talk will cover monitoring of all inbound air traffic, aircraft movements and identification, and aircraft control, including visual surveillance of incoming aircraft by fighter planes out of Suffolk AFB on Long Island and McGuire AFB in NJ. He will also discuss the disastrous collapse of the manned "Texas Tower 4" Radar Station 19 miles offshore in 1961.
John Corbett will be joined by historian and US Navy veteran Cory James Newman on the history of the 646th from 1948 - 1966 as well as the air defense of the New York metropolitan area from 1966 - 1974 by the Highlands Army Air Defense Site.
The talk, with refreshments, is part of the Historical Society's monthly Speaker Series. Programs are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month from March to November, and are free and open to the public.
The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, preserving, and sharing the history of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The Strauss Mansion, home of the Historical Society, is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, and is the only Queen Anne Style Victorian home open to the public in Monmouth County.