Wings Over Wichita

Wings Over Wichita

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Museum of North Texas History held the second annual "Wings Over Wichita" fundraiser Tuesday evening.
The event celebrated the completion of the Jenny to Jet exhibit at Wichita Falls Regional Airport.
The program also included presentations by local combat aviators.
Charles Campbell, Executive Director of the Museum of North Texas History, believes it is a special exhibit.
    "What makes this exhibit unique is that we have the very first U.S. military aviation trainer, Jenny," Campbell said. "Right across from it is a T-38 jet that is still being used to train pilots today. Both of these planes used to train pilots right here in Wichita Falls."
The exhibit is a display that also includes a Model-T Troop Carrier and a Model-T Staff Car used at Call Field.
Campbell said it is broken down into two parts.
    "The Jenny side is about Call Field where they train pilots in the Jenny biplane," Campbell said. "The jet side is about Sheppard Air Force Base. The centerpiece is the T-38 jet."
Campbell said that, personally, it makes him feel giddy being a part of the exhibit.
    "I grew up having a very keen interest in military aviation," Campbell said. "So to be part of an organization that has an actual Jenny biplane makes me feel like a kid again."
On a professional level, Campbell believes the museum is succeeding on their goal.
    "It is very satisfying to know that we are fulfilling our mission," Campbell said. "It is not just about Jenny or Call Field. It is about Sheppard Air Force Base and the T-38's that are used to train U.S. pilots at Sheppard."
The Curtiss Jenny made it's final approach in 2014 before being put to rest at the exhibit.
Campbell said they plan on continuing the event to raise money for maintenance for the exhibit.
Campbell also said there was also a celebration for North Texas residents who have flown in combat aircraft.

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