“learn the history of the air”
Sheppard Air Force Base (IATA: SPS, ICAO: KSPS, FAA LID: SPS) is a United States Air Force base located five miles (8 km) north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, in Wichita County, Texas, United States. It is the largest training base and most diversified in Air Education and Training Command. The base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before World War II. The host unit at Sheppard is the 82d Training Wing (82 TRW), which provides specialized technical training, medical, and field training for officers, Airmen, and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies, and foreign nationals. The 80th Flying Training Wing (80 FTW), also at Sheppard, conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, the world's only multi-nationally manned and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO. As of June 2012, Brigadier General Michael A. Fantini is the commander of the 82d Training Wing, and he concurrently serves as the installation commander of Sheppard AFB. Colonel Kevin B. Schneider is the commander of the 80th Flying Training Wing. Sheppard AFB shares one runway with Wichita Falls Municipal Airport under a joint civil-military arrangement.
Want to see jets flying overhead without crowds? This is the place to be. It's small, probably not worth a trip by itself. But it has history for the current and former military person.
We were trying to go see the vintage planes but the visitor center told us to call and see if anyone would take the time to escort us in. Other than that they can not anyone non-Military in. (940) 676-2787 is the number to call.
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