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Schilling AFB Closure + 50

Jeff Garretson - April 7, 2016 11:52 am

In 1965, the U.S. government locked the gate at Schilling Air Force Base and handed the keys to the city of Salina.

Faced with an an economic tsunami – city leaders banded together to face the challenges ahead.

“They were pretty proactive. When they learned it was going to close they immediately formed kind of a commission group to look at the closure process,” said Nona Miller, Education Coordinator at the Smoky Hill Museum.

Miller joined in on the KSAL Morning News Thursday with a look at tonight’s First Thursday Presention.

“Then they formed the Salina Airport Authority to try and figure out how they were going to reuse the area, how to re-purpose it. How to make it a thriving and important part of Salina,” Miller added.

Coming up at 5:30pm this evening at the Smoky Hill Museum, Tim Rogers, Executive Director for the Salina Airport Authority will be sharing the story of how Salina faced the challenge – and what that could mean moving forward.

Schilling Air Force Base Closure: + 50, a First Thursday Presentation is free event offered at the Smoky Hill Museum on Thursday, April 7, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Fred Fredrickson

April 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Those are F108/CFM56 jet engines. They weren’t even made until the mid 1970s. So, I kind of doubt this photo is from 1965. Not that I’m an anal retentive, picky type.

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