Kansas Aviation Museum Presents Plane Plans: The Story of Wichita Aviation through Historic Drawings

. March 31, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita Presents Plane Plans: The Story of Wichita Aviation through Historic Drawings. Exhibit Opening and Open House on Thursday, May 12th 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Kansas Aviation Museum has a staggering collection that rivals any air museum across the country.

Included in this collection is a laundry list of incredibly rare, original drawings and blueprints of early, Kansas and Wichita production planes. Many are unaware of the many small companies that sprang up as a result of an infusion of venture capital resulting from oil speculation. But in the twenties, there were some thirty or forty companies building planes in Wichita.

An example of these drawings is pictured to the left, the 1929 Swift Sport, Swift being a company founded by White Castle owner, Walter Anderson. The company built eight of the Sports and then succumbed to the 1929 stock market crash. None were known to exist but Kansas Aviation Museum volunteers found the only remaining parts of one plane and all 29 original blueprints.

Now these drawing along with plans for many other rare Kansas planes will go on exhibit at the Kansas Aviation Museum, along with details of the companies and men who contributed to the development of aviation in Wichita.

Event is free and open to the public and includes full, museum access.
Punch and cookies will be served at no additional cost.
For additional information, call: 316-683-9242.

www.kansasaviationmuseum.org

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