Kansas Aviation Museum
Kansas Aviation Museum opened on April 19, 1991 to showcase Kansas aviation history.Today the building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is being restored to its original glory.
The museum currently owns or has on loan 40 planes, several pending restoration. Some of the most notable planes include: a Beech Starship, a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, a 1934 Stearman Trainer, the Boeing model 737, a KC 135E refueling tanker, and a 1927 Swallow. Work begins this spring on restoration of the B-47. Check back for updates on progress and specific times you can observe major restoration work.
The museum also houses an extensive display of aircraft and engines from a variety of time periods. The control tower, added to the building in 1941, is accessible to the public and provides a view of the area from the highest point in Wichita. Also available to the public with prior arrangement is an archive of an estimated 200,000 photographs and documents of aviation-related memorabilia
- Preserve the birth and living heritage of Kansas aviation.
- Educate the world on the past, present and future of flight.
- Promote the Spirit of Flight in the Air Capital of the World.
Not only is this aviation museum in a gorgeous historic airport but it contains many rare historical planes and engines. I have been in many air museums and while this one may not be the most glamorous, it is definitely the best at explaining the history and mechanics of flight in America. Highly recommended, and a great kids educational play area to boot! Somebody needs to donate a bunch of money to help them realize their 25th anniversary vision!
Really fun place to visit. Has an amazing insight into aviation history with some really fun interactive exhibits.
We were there several years ago. This is a wonderful museum of the history of Wichita. Several restored small planes that are beautiful. Lots of for children. A B52 on the runway, starting restoration. That fave me chills to see the size of it. Knowing it has saved us ,to be a free country. Great place for young and old. The art deco is beautiful.
Great amount of aviation history from the Building to the Airplanes. Came from California to see the Texaco Stearman that my father flew in 1935 when he was 17 years old. Its like stepping back in time.
Very nice museum, better than I was expecting. Loved going up into the tower from where you can look down upon McConnell Air Force Base. The Art Deco architecture is nice to see.