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Retired MSgt Russel Sharp, will visit Goodfellow to view the B-25 Mitchell he worked on when was in the Air Force on August 2.
MSgt Sharp was a Crew Chief on the exact B-25 that is currently on display in front of Goodfellow. He joined the Air Force in 1953 and retired in 1987. Sharp worked on the aircraft before it became tradition for Crew Chiefs to put their names on their aircraft. He has never forgotten the tail number on his plane, and he has many stories of when General Charles Westover flew the bomber.
Today Goodfellow produces Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance and fire-rescue professionals but originally it was founded to train pilots. From February 1954 through September 1958 Goodfellow was one of several bases in Air Training Command, today's Air Education and Training Command, responsible for multi-engine aircraft pilot training, using the TB-25, which was the trainer version of the North American B-25. With an inventory of approximately 90 TB-25's, Goodfellow graduated 2,504 pilots from the program until flying training on Goodfellow came to a close in September 1958.
The B-25 on display at the Jacobson Gate honors the pilots and the planes that they flew here at Goodfellow.
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