Aug 2015 City of Surprises: Wichita
I’m having a blast on my solo flying adventure. On this spur of the moment trip I forced myself to not plan anything – nada – nothing! For once I wanted to keep all my options open and just see what happens. In real life I’m the queen of structure and organization and if I need a vacation from anything, it’s that.
Today I’m in Wichita, Kansas, a lovely, unexpected surprise of a town. I admit to not knowing it’s the “Air Capitol of the World”. Seriously, it is! Don’t quote me on numbers but a couple dozen aircraft manufacturers began life here. In the 1920s and 1930s, when Wichita was flush with oil money and dreamy airplane builders with big ideas needed cash, they came to Wichita; Beech, Cessna, Stearman, Swallow, Travel Air are the tip of that iceberg.
I had the enormous pleasure of visiting the Kansas Aviation Museum and couldn’t have been more excited about what I discovered.
The museum is located in the former terminal building and tower of the Wichita Municipal Airport. It’s a beautiful example of Art Deco and the exterior remains intact. The building seems to have withstood the urge for renovation with the exception of interior restrooms and office areas.
The ceiling throughout the first and second floor have this colorful, albeit peeling burst of pink/blue/orange graphic design all over.
Of course the fabulous building is just there to whet your appetite for what you’re about to see inside.
I have to say, my Tuesday in Wichita was pretty fantastic. The Kansas Aviation Museum was awesome and you really should visit if you haven’t already.
Next, my Lear Jet simulator flight training with Jerry Griggs at Flight Safety and tomorrow’s meet up with Sarah Dickerson at some wild and crazy grass strip in Missouri!! I am one lucky chick!!