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Kansas Aviation Museum Local Appreciation Event

Come explore the past, present, and future of aviation at the Kansas Aviation Museum this Memorial Weekend, Thursday, May 27 through Monday, May 31st, 2010.

Kansas Aviation MuseumThe KAM Local Appreciation celebration will include discounted admission of only $6 per person, food vendors, and games for the kids. Tour the museum and sit in the cockpit of the KC-135 and FedEx 727, which will be open to visitors.

If you haven’t been, it’s a great opportunity to get to know more about our city’s treasures and some of its history. For instance, I didn’t realize that the old airport saw so much traffic in the 1940s. It was a major stopover and one of the busiest airports in the nation, visited by both Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Fred Astaire was rumored to have danced in the atrium while waiting for a flight. Did you know that?

These are the kind of places you seek out and the neat things you learn when you visit faraway places like Europe. I still have a postcard from the time I saw a replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press in Germany. But for this fascinating bit of history, which one can’t get in Paris, London, Rome, or Mainz, I just have to drive south in Wichita.

-Photo used by permission.

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