SAFB celebrates 75 years with open house & air show

SAFB celebrates 75 years with open house & air show
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SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE (KAUZ) - Thousands made their way to Sheppard Air Force Base on Saturday to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

"My son is stationed here. We decided to come down and visit him a few minutes and catch the air show," Coye Nettles said.

There were demonstrations from several different air crafts beginning at 11:30 a.m.

There was also a Pearl Harbor reenactment. Many of those in attendance were veterans of our armed services.

"I joined the army here in town because my father was a career military pilot. We came from Germany to Sheppard where he flew B-52 bombers," veteran David Craft said.

Many we spoke with said this air show and open house was not only a celebration of SAFB but also of our military as a whole.

"48,540 men died in Vietnam. This is a celebration of their life. It's a celebration of freedom," veteran Joe Rogers said.

Several people commented on what this military base brings to the city of Wichita Falls. All are hopeful to see what's to come in the next 75 years.

"Since I've been here it's grown quite a bit. I've lived in Wichita Falls since 1960, except my military years, but I came back here after I got out. But I just hope it continues to grow and people support it like they're doing today," Craft said.

Other programs being celebrated this weekend are the ENJJPT program celebrating 35 years and the German Air Force Pilot Training program commemorating 50 years.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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