W. B. Nash
An original member of the NICAP Panel of Special advisers. William Brenton Nash ("Bill") was born in New Jersey (about 1917) and grew up near Atlantic City's Bader Air Field. As a kid he was fascinated by airplanes and flying, making such a nuisance of himself that the staff put him to work sweeping the hangars and washing the planes. He learned to fly very young at that field. He went to Temple to study to be a teacher and formally get his pilot's license. He graduated and applied for a pilot's position at Pan-Am. This was tantamount to enlisting in Naval Air and he was assigned duties on Boeing 314 Flying Boats. He flew during WWII and at it's end Pan-Am kept him on flying DC-3's. When the flying saucer waves began, Nash used to joke about them with his neighbor. Shortly however, he'd heard too much to discount the sightings of colleagues, so he mentioned to a family member that these things must be secret government projects. His famous 1952 sighting changed him completely, as he was adamant from then on that the UFOs were not terrestrial and that the government should tell the people what they knew. Before Nash retired in 1977, he often used downtime at airports between flights to converse with other pilots about their UFO experiences. (M. Swords) Unlike Keyhoe and Ruppelt, Nash did not have an aversion to close encounters in the early days and investigated and collected such as part of his interest in UFOs. (Aldrich)