The Mid-America Air Museum is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas History because it helps tell the story
of Kansas' aviation history and is one of the largest general aviation museum in
The Mid-America Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in Kansas and the fifth largest in the nation, but it is also known as a source for information on the Kansas aviation story.
It's recommended to start your visit to the air museum by watching the 17-minute video, "A Story
of Aviation in Kansas." It has a wealth of information about early flight and the pioneers of Kansas aviation, the
history of all the aviation companies in Wichita, the aviation museums in Kansas and interesting statistics about the number of planes and pilots produced
during World War II.
Many of the 105 showcased aircraft were made in Kansas including many Cessna aircraft and Beechcraft, including one of the few Beechcraft Starships remaining.
- The 1943-1945 Liberal Army Air Field (a B-24
Liberator training base).
- General Welch, a Liberal native
Force Chief of Staff, and several other Liberal area natives who were
in the military.
- Dwane Wallace, a Kansas aviation legend, and his years as the head of Cessna. One of his personal planes,
donated by his wife after his death, is displayed.
- Photos of planes built at the Beechcraft
- Ted Williams, a
Marine captain air pilot, who played for the Liberal BeeJays and Boston Red Sox.
Liberal, once home to a major
Beech Aircraft manufacturing
facility and a B-24 Liberator pilot
training base during World War
II, established the museum to
help preserve a proud local and
national aviation heritage. It is a
vision started by the late Colonel
Tom Thomas, Jr., who donated
his personal collection of over 50
planes to the museum.
A plane flown by President Dwight Eisenhower, the first president who was a licensed pilot.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed major holidays.
Admission charge $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older, $3 for
students age 6-18.Source: Liberal Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photos courtesy Liberal CVB