EAA Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 16
Promoting Aviation and the Preservation of Vintage Aircraft
Built in Kansas City
KC Aviation Museum
As most aviation people know, the Kansas City area has a very rich aviation heritage. Aircraft such as American Eagle, Rearwin, Porterfield, the Luscombe Phantom, Inland Sport, the Butler Blackhawk, the Howard racers, and others were all built in Kansas City in the 1920's and 1930's. During World War II, B-25 bombers rolled out of the North American factory where the GM Fairfax Assembly plant now resides. Many WACO troop-carrying gliders were also produced in Kansas City. Unfortunately, there are no local museums dedicated to preserving this legacy.
One of our loftiest goals is to construct a hangar to house not only our chapter facilities, but a museum dedicated to the area aviation legacy. This museum is proposed to be located at Gardner Municipal Airport (K34), and will house aircraft as well as reference materials and chapter meeting rooms. This goal will require numerous fund raising efforts, and labor from our membership, as well a donations from the aviation public at large, but we believe the goal is worth the effort.
The Chapter has already received a donated 1946 Ercoupe 415-C project, a Pientenpol, and a 1946 Funk.
In 2012 we completed the first of 2 hangar sections, which will be followed by an extension to house a dedicated museum. Once complete, we will set out to find flying examples of aircraft built during Kansas City's golden aviation period. If you would like to join our group, or help out in any way, please contact us.