B-52, other planes open to public Saturday at Kansas Aviation Museum

6/20/2014

By Shelby Reynolds

By Shelby Reynolds

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) — Visitors to the Kansas Aviation Museum repeatedly ask whether they can go inside the planes on the museum's tarmac, said Kaitlin Whelan, a museum spokesperson.

The answer is normally no.

But Saturday, the Kansas Aviation Museum will host its fourth annual "Play on a Plane" event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can go inside eight of the museum's 13 outdoor planes, including a B-52, KC-135, Boeing 727 and 737.

The museum, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd., doesn't have the funds to monitor guests who go inside the planes, Whelan said, so this is the only chance during the year for the public to go inside.

"All the upkeep of the planes, and restoration, is really expensive," Whelan said.

Volunteers will be at each plane Saturday to explain its historical significance, Whelan said. Regular admission costs apply, with discounts for seniors and military.

"Although we call our city the Air Capital of the world, many don't grasp Wichita's historical significance in aviation," she said.

"All the planes in our museum have a story that helps us understand our city and state's deep roots in aviation."

For more information, go to www.kansasaviationmuseum.org.

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