click picture to enlarge |Artist: R.T.
Sponsor: Senator Cliff & DeeAnn
Dedication: May 6, 2008
Size: 30” x 40”
Type: Oil on Canvas
Location: 5th floor,
North hall, Senate wing (temporary)
The history of Tinker Air Force
Base began in 1940 when a group of Oklahoma City businessmen
learned that the War Department was considering the central
United States as a location for a maintenance and supply
depot. City leaders
offered a 480 acre site with an option for 960 additional
acres of land. On April 8, 1941, the order was officially
signed awarding the depot to Oklahoma City.
During World War II, Tinker’s industrial plant repaired B-24 and B-17 bombers
and fitted B-29s for combat. In 1946, Tinker was expanded to include
the Douglas Aircraft plant, which produced approximately half of the C-47 Skytrains
used in World War II. The site also produced a number of A-20 Havocs.
Throughout the Korean conflict, Tinker continued with aircraft
and supply support to the Far East. During Vietnam, Tinker supplied logisitics and communications
aid to Air Force units in Southeast Asia. In the 1990’s, Tinker provided
front-line support to the forces engaged in Operation Desert Shield and Desert
Today, the base has more than
26,000 military and civilian employees and is the largest
single-site employer in Oklahoma. It
is the home of the Air Force Materiel Command, Oklahoma City
Air Logistics Center, which is the worldwide manager for
a wide range of aircraft, engines, missiles, software and
Among its distinctions, Tinker Air Force Base was the site
of the first successful tornado forecast in history, which
was issued on March 25,1948 about three hours before a tornado
hit the southeast corner of the base. A granite marker
in the Heritage Airpark on the base commemorates the event.
Tinker Air Force Base was named in honor of Major General
Clarence L. Tinker, a native of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. General
Tinker lost his life while leading a flight of LB-30 Liberators
on a long-range strike against Japanese forces on Wake Island
during the early months of World War II.
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