Antoine Roels | ENJJPT Sheppard AFB Wichita Falls TX

ENJJPT Sheppard AFB Wichita Falls TX

May 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

ENJJPTENJJPT - USAF  Sheppard AFB  Wichita Falls TX


Sheppard AFB is a United States Air Force base located five miles north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, TX. 
It is the largest training base and most diversified in Air Education and Training Command. The base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before World War II.
Beside the 82d Training Wing (82 TRW), which provides specialized technical training and field training for officers, Airmen and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies and foreign nationalist also host The 80th Flying Training Wing (80 FTW), also at Sheppard, conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, a multi-nationally manned and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO.

The wing conducts pilot training and pilot instructor training under the Euro-NATO Joint Pilot Training Program, since October 1981, with participating nations contributing staff and financial support. In January 1994, the 80th began training Euro-NATO pilots in fighter fundamentals, using T-38A aircraft. 
The 80th Flying Training Wing's mission is "To produce the world's finest NATO pilots with the skills and attitude to succeed in fighter aviation". It is home of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program.  It is a uniquely manned multinational organization with a USAF wing commander and an Italian Air Force operations group commander in the top two leadership positions. Command and operations officers' positions in the flying training squadrons rotate among the participating nations, while the commander of the 80th Operations Support Squadron is always from the USAF.

Officers from all 13 participating nations fill subordinate leadership positions throughout the wing. Nine nations--Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Nederlands, Norway, Turkey, Spain and the United States—provide instructor pilots based on their number of student pilots. Canada, Greece, and Spain do not have student pilots in training but do provide one instructor pilot. The current non-active signatory nations, the United Kingdom and Portugal, do not send student pilots nor do they provide instructor pilots, but retain the right to do so at any time. As an example of this totally integrated structure, an American student pilot may have a Belgian instructor pilot, a Dutch flight commander, a Turkish section commander, an Italian operations officer, and a German squadron commander.  

Till today, the ENJJPT program has trained more than 3,500 pilots for the NATO alliance.

The Northrop T-38A Talon is a two-seat, twinJet supersonic jet trainer which made his first flight on April 10th 1959 It was the world's first supersonic and most produced

-1.146- trainer.  The T-38A remained in service at ENJJPT till early 2018 when on March 1st the “A” model flew its last training mission and now replaced by the newer “C” model.

Other aircraft in use with ENJJPT was the Cessna T-37 “Tweet” which is out of service since summer 2009 and replaced by the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, a single-engine turboprop  aircraft based on the Pilatus PC-9 built by the Raytheon Aircraft Company which became Hawker Beech and later Beechcraft Defense Company, and was bought by Textron Aviation in 2014.







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