It’s a double milestone for Sheppard Air Force Base this year as they celebrate 75 years of training pilots and airmen, and also the 35th Anniversary of the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.
Sheppard Air Force Base has been a integral part of the Air Force and the Texoma community since 1941.
As the Air Force’s most diverse base, Sheppard is home to the world’s only internationally manned and managed pilot training program, and home of the largest technical training program in the United States Air Force.
“There is no other Air Force Base with a greater opportunity or responsibility to shape the current and future combat capabilities of the United States Air Force and our allies,” said 82nd Training Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty
On September 17-18, they’ll celebrate the 75th birthday of the facility that began as Sheppard Field in June, 1941. The first students began training in October, two months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
“It would be impossible to carry out either the technical training mission of the 82nd or the Flying Training Missions of the 80th without the support of this community,” said 80th Flying Training Wing Commander, Col. Gregory Keeton.
The base invites the entire Texoma community to see what has become of little Sheppard Field in 75 years.
“The objective of the Open House itself is not only a way to be able to educate the public about our very important mission but also to showcase mission, air men and capabilities,” Lt. Col. Ashley Cannon, Air Show director said.
For the first time since 2003, the Thunderbirds will be flying high in the sky for the air show.
Capping off the evening is a live concert from country superstar, Pat Green.
“Being able to showcase, not only, a very diverse and comprehensive air show, but also [it’ll be] just a good day,” Lt. Col. Cannon said.
A good weekend to remember and enjoy all that Sheppard has offered for 75 years.
Sheppard 75th Anniversary
2016 Open House & Air Show
- Admission is free
- Gates open at 9 a.m.
- Air Show starts at 11:30 a.m. (tentatively)
- Pat Green’s concert will begin one-hour following the air show on Sept. 17
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)
- Bicycle Coolers
- Large Purses and Tote Bags
- Large Camera Bags
- Hover Boards
- Edged Weapons (Knife, etc.)
- Small Purses
- Small Diaper Bags
- Camera, Video Camera, Phones
- Folding Chairs (Must have the chair out of the bag at security check)
- Strollers and Wagons
- Food (Hand carried, No coolers)