Former Air Force Pilot Reunites with Old PlaneBy Aaryn Valenzuela
Geogre Baker served as a Pilot in the United States Air Force more than 40 years ago. He recently learned the B25 that he flew is on display at Goodfellow Air Force Base. Baker and his family, who live in the Fort Worth area, took a trip to San Angelo so he could see his old plane.
"I saw most of the United States in that airplane, I saw California for the first time, I saw Florida for the first time, I saw Maine for the first time," says George Baker, a former U.S.A.F. Pilot.
Retired Colonel Charles Powell, who was also a pilot, gave Baker a tour of Goodfellow Air Force Base. Powell says its good to visit with someone who served during the same era.
"It's kind of refreshing to find someone who still knows about these old airplanes. The young ones don't, so its kind of refreshing is the way I would characterize it," says Charles Powell, a Retired Air Force Colonel.
Baker says he learned the B25 was at Goodfellow during a visit at an Abilene museum.
"So I gave him this table number and he said I can pull it up on the computer and tell you where it is, he said its in San Angelo on a pedestal," says Baker.
He served from 1957 to 1967.
"What our job was, were assigned to the 96 Bomb Wing, and we were the 819th Aircraft Support Squadron and our job was to support the bombers. If the Colonel called at two in the morning and said, I need a part for the airplane, our flight engineer and crew chief got the plane ready, and we would fly from Abilene to El Paso to Sacramento."
Baker was stationed at Tye Air Field, which is now part of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.