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Combat Air Museum

7016 SE Forbes Ave., Forbes Field

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 


Harry Hight

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Nice museum. Staff was very friendly. They have a lot of planes for their available space. I appreciated their story boards that not only told the story of the aircraft type, but also told the history of the individual aircraft when known. Lots of other interesting items, too. I was particularly impressed with their Midway diorama and their art gallery. It is so important that we remember these machines and honor the men who flew them.

Andrew Woodham

Saturday, July 7, 2018
I finally made the trip to visit this museum. I have been driving past the signs for a couple of years now, and it was def worth the visit. The staff greeted me at the door, and offered me a cup of coffee, and suggestions on how to walk through the hanger. The museum offers a wide range of different planes to see, and there is some reading involved. You really have to appreciate how much time and energy goes into the restoration projects. The admission was cheap, and will def be a 2nd trip planned before I leave Kansas. Keep up the great work there!!

randy norris

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Me my and my two sons and grandson drove 4 hours to see a race that got rained out so we needed something to do. Saw that the air combat museum was a couple blocks away. Glad we went. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Most of the aircraft are in original condition and you can tell that they were used well. Restored is ok but I like a machine that shows it's character and has personality . I think we'll make it part of our annual trip to the races.

April Lagnevall

Friday, June 29, 2018
Lots of planes to look at. A lot of them are still in process of being restored so it can be a bit messy. I gave it 4 stars because I honestly thought i was going to be miserable going. But ended up enjoying the staff and displays.

Jessica White-Padgett

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
super cool find. tons of planes that you can get up close to snd check out.

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