Rogers to Unpack Airport's Past Tonight
Jeff Garretson - Thu 12:28 PM 02/07/2013
The free presentation will be offered at the Smoky Hill Museum this evening from 5:30pm until 6:45pm.
Seventy-one years ago, Salina was the launch pad for heavy bombers and their crews to prepare for war.
Tim Rogers, Executive Director of the Salina Airport Authority, stopped into the KSAL Morning News with a preview - of his look back at the history of the airfield tonight at the Smoky Hill Museum.
Rogers says the base came to life after some quick construction in December of 1942, "The first aircraft that landed was a B-17," he said.
"The Smoky Hill Army Air Corps Base was used to process B-17 crews. Then when the B-29 started coming off the production line in Wichita at Boeing, the crew training just happened in droves."
Rogers will be on hand tonight at the Smoky Hill Museum, unpacking more than a footlocker full of facts and stories from the airport.
The free presentation will be offered at the Museum this evening from 5:30pm until 6:45pm.
Rogers tells KSAL News that he will also have some artifacts to share with guests.