Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wichita's New Airport Terminal Has Aviation Salute-- Part 1

From the August 9, 2015, Chicago Tribune by John Handley.

I never knew Wichita had an aviation history.

It cost $200 million and is designed to look like an airplane wing. It makes perfect sense because the largest city in Kansas boasts that it is the "Air Capital of the World."  It is at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport which opened a month ago.

More than 300,000 planes have been built in Wichita since the 1920s.

Dare-devil air show pilots are showcased, as are aviation pioneers Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman.  They helped put Wichita on the flight map.

Because of its midpoint location in the U.S., the city became a much-used refueling stop for the earlier coast-to-coast flights, including some piloted by Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes.


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