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Wichita - Kansas Aviation Museum

3350 South George Washington Boulevard
316-683-9242

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

Mission:

- 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.



Reviews

Joel C

Rating:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
An okay museum that could use some TLC. When you walk in, you wonder if anyone is actually here, as no one was at the front desk and the museum was empty. After waiting around at the front desk looking at stuff in their gift shop, a lady hurried out of an office across the way, and took my money for admission. Let's just say for $10, I was expecting more out of this museum, but it didn't deliver. Probably the best thing that this museum has going for it is the historical building that it's housed in, as well as the vintage aircraft of defunct manufacturers that are on display. They had quite a few on display that I hadn't seen before, and plenty of good information on them. With that being said, with so many civil aviation aircraft manufacturers calling Wichita home, the museum sorely disappointed me in that aspect, as they just had a small corner dedicated to Cessna, and a couple local aircraft examples languishing outside. It would have been neat to have a wall of local aircraft or something to see everything that came out of Wichita. Speaking of languishing aircraft outside, all of the aircraft outside were in a sad state as all have been horribly weathered due to being out in the elements, the 737 was possibly once a gold color, but you can't tell anymore, and the other aircraft have parts falling of and informational print outs duct taped to the fuselage. It's really saddening to see the aircraft in that kind of condition. Overall, it's definitely a small town museum with an okay inventory, but nothing worth making the detour for if it is out of your way.

Brianna Emge

Rating:
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
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!

Darren M

Rating:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Considering the amazing history of Wichita with respect to GA (birthplace of Cessna, Beechcraft, Learjet, Mooney) this museum is a big swing and a miss. Only a few static displays, and they are in very poor shape. It’s too bad Textron & Bombardier don’t take interest in it, considering they don’t have their own (Boeing’s museum is incredible) but have great histories to share.

Teesha Summa

Rating:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
There's a lot to see here. Some of the kids interactive things were broken unfortunately when we went, but they still had a lot of fun.

Linda Clark

Rating:
Sunday, March 4, 2018
We enjoyed our afternoon. Learned lots of new things about aviation.

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