Tinker units create economic impactPublished: Sunday, October 22, 2017 By: Matt Patterson Source: NewsOK
MIDWEST CITY — The roar of airplanes taking off and landing, the hustle and bustle of workers and the round-the-clock operation are some of the things that make Tinker Air Force Base a hive of activity and strategically important to our nation's military.
But it's also an economic driver for both nearby Midwest City and central Oklahoma.
The 513th Air Control Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing had a $136 million impact on the area last year. And while the dollar figures have grown over the years, economic impact always has been part of Tinker's legacy.
The Douglas Aircraft plant employed thousands during World War II as it cranked out planes used in the war effort. And when the war ended, work didn't completely dry up.
The 507th is one of Tinker's most important occupants. It is the largest Air Force Reserve Command flying unit in Oklahoma and performs daily missions both locally and around the world in support of Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Strategic Command's national emergency order requirements.