March 2017 Reporting Points

During this past February, U.S. military aviation units converged on the Salina Regional Airport and the Smoky Hill Weapons Range for two weeks of intense training during a Jaded Thunder exercise. Over 30 aircraft and 1,300 personnel participated in the event. Jaded Thunder resulted in a $3.4 million, direct economic impact on Salina. Military units leased 163,062 SF of hangar space, purchased over 400,000 gallons of jet fuel, occupied 818 hotels rooms and leased 140 rental cars. Over 15 local vendors provided goods and services in support of Jaded Thunder.

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