Combat Air Museum
The Combat Air Museum has served as an educational institution and tourism destination for more than thirty years. It is one of a handful of major aviation museums in the United States located on an active air field. Visitors to the museum are regularly treated to flying activities of Air Force fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations.
The Museum's “Young Aviators' classes offer students a unique opportunity to be immersed in the midst of a museum covering aviation history from the earliest days of flight to the present day.
Located at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kansas, the Combat Air Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the creation of facilities and resources for the education of the local and regional communities through the collection, preservation, conservation and exhibition of aircraft, information, artifacts, technology and art associated with the military aviation history of the United States of America.
On exhibit at the museum:
37 aircraft ranging from the WWI period to the present day
Aircraft engines of many sizes and types
An extensive display of artifacts and dioramas and a gallery of military aviation art
my dad Chasles A Larimer 1911-2002 did run the museum in 1977 first starter he was at the museurn when EC-121 come in this for my dad crying he was ww2 8 AAF 896 MP CO my dad is happy that I toll you about him crying my dad did lot work museum crying miss my dad crying miss my dad that i sad he ran the gift and did most the work himself let you know how i miss him crying let you know how much work my dad did fot museum thank you cryitg let gene know too thank crying let you how much my dad for the museum crying this for gene my dad run the museum gift shop for 5 year for gene to know i love my dad to let you know about my dad to say I love him crying and I a lot work too LOVE YOU GENE H AND DICK T
AWESOME place to go look around. Bring the whole family. Lots of cool history to be seen!
My only visit here was several years ago, when my parents dragged me here against my will on a cold, windy day and I didn't have a hat or gloves. I'm simply not interested in aviation history (especially when I'm freezing). If you're really into planes and all that, this place is probably worth four or five stars.
Awesome museum! TONS OF airplanes! I wish we lived closer.. I would live there, volunteer to help restore with my bachelor's of aeronautical science education from ksu Salina, and learn more about our history....... I was driving near and made a point to stop in to show my son a peak of the place. The staff are wonderful people, they are a pleasure to speak with and listen to their knowledge/experience. Volunteer run and operated as a non profit. They have a very nice giftshop with all kids of toys, trinkets, memorabilia. Profits from the giftshop go to help reach the overhead and upkeep of the aircraft. I wish the history didn't involve the death of so many people. Good, bad, innocent lives lost to defeat enemies of goodness, love, equality.. The only downside is thinking about the lives lost to defeat and who were defeated fighting for evil.
Vast collection of combat aircraft in great shape, and you can get up close / inside some. It's clear the staff and volunteers work hard restoring and caring for the collection. There is plenty to learn or just wonder through. A couple areas do not have AC/Heat, but some areas do.
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