Goodfellow Air Force Base

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Overview
Goodfellow Air Force Base is one of the oldest installations in the US Air Force. It was the first of scores of flying training fields established across Texas and Oklahoma during World War II. What qualified San Angelo as the site for the first of the new fields did not, for the most part, distinguish it much from its neighbors. The clear skies and flat, forgiving terrain so desirable in the training of pilots were regional qualities. But San Angelo also had Bob Carr, a former military aviator who spearheaded a local effort to provide land, an important railroad spur, and key utility connections if the new pilot school were built nearby. Over the next eight decades, nurtured by a special relationship between city and base, Goodfellow has distinguished itself by training more than 400,000 pilots, intelligence operators, and firefighters for all the armed forces of the United States.
Details
ISBN: 9781467104340
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 213
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Dr. John V. Garrett retired as historian at Goodfellow following a 30-year career, earning numerous Air Force–level awards and the history program’s award for career contributions. CMSgt. Tom Nurre (Ret.) served 33 years, including six at Goodfellow supervising ground training in a mobile squadron and as NCO Academy commandant. To prepare this book, they tapped the vast archive at Goodfellow and other sources in the community.