AKA Sgt. W.C. ("Bill") Ocker
William C. Ocker
William C. Ocker
EARLY YEARS -- William C. Ocker, the father of "Blind Flying," flew from Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas, to March Field, California in a covered cockpit to prove that a pilot's instrumentation could be more reliable than his own natural senses. (U.S. Air Force photo)
from Air Force Links

William C. Ocker
William C. Ocker
U.S. Air Force photo from Air Force Links

     If you search for "William C. Ocker", using the Google search engine, (6-25-05), you will find about 43 links. Roy Nagl has identified several of these as being especially helpful.

Ocker, pioneer of ‘blind flying’
By Rudy Purificato
311th Human Systems Wing
      This page offers a very comprehensive story of Ocker's life and career, with special emphasis on his activities as the "pioneer of 'blind flying.' Unfortunately, it has disappeared from the net, but I was able to retrieve it with the aid of the www.waybackmachine.org program.You can access a copy of his article by clicking on the title above.

History of Cockpit Attitude Instruments
and Introduction to Spatial Disorientation Training
Tuesday, 15 Jul 97, 1330-1510
Col. (Ret) Bill Ercoline
      This page offers a transcription of the presentation of Col. Ercoline and complements the article on the webiste cited above. Included are references to the contributions of Maj John McCready and Jimmie Doolittle. You can access the page by clicking on the title.

Brooks Airforce Base
Colonel William C. Ocker
      This page offers a revue of his life and career and displays a very small photo of him. It also offers several links to other websites of interest. You may want to use the FIND function on "Ocker" to locate the entry on the page. You can access the page by clicking on the title.

William C. Ocker
Ocker & Menoher
Photo of Ocker in plane with Maj.Gen. Charles T. Menoher. Menoher was the Director of the Army Air Service 6/2/19-6/4/20, and Chief of the Air Service 6/4/20-10/4/21, who had commanded the Rainbow Division in France during WWI, and resigned 10/4/21 over Billy Mitchell's campaign to promote a separate military air service. (I'm not sure Menoher was even a pilot.)

Colonel William Ocker died in 1942
at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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