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Aviation industry takes flight

Written by Dick Pryor on Friday May 22, 2009

(Left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Bob Conner, Mary Smith, Vic Bird.)

Many may not know it, but aviation and aerospace is Oklahoma’s biggest industry, with more than 143,000 jobs and an industrial impact of more than 12 billion dollars per year. The largest aircraft maintenance facilities in the world are located in our state, the Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City and the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa. Plus, there’s the FAA in Oklahoma City and 114 airports.

Oklahoma’s rich aviation heritage has helped create an industry from which one in ten Oklahomans receives a paycheck. This week, we discuss the economics of aeronautics and what the future holds as the state further develops the aerospace industry. I could go on, but it’s a good program, so I invite you to watch. And, check out Hometown News, too. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Until next time,
Dick Pryor


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