Combat Air Museum
Coordinates: The Combat Air Museum is a museum at Topeka Regional Airport / Forbes Field (former Forbes Air Force Base), in Williamsport Township, Shawnee County, near Topeka, Kansas. Topeka Regional Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located six miles (10 km) south of the central business district of Topeka.
- 1 The Museum
- 2 The Museum and the Airport
- 3 History
- 4 Exhibits
- 5 Location, Hours & Accomodations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Combat Air Museum is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit institution dedicated to the creation of facilities and resources for the education of the local and regional communities through the collection, preservation, conservation and exhibition of aircraft, information, artifacts, technology and art associated with the military aviation history of the United States of America.
The Museum and the Airport
Topeka Regional Airport is owned by the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority (MTAA). The Museum rents two hangars from the MTAA. It is one of a handful of major aviation museums in the United States located on an active air field.
Topeka Regional Airport, formerly an air force base, is home to the 190th Air Refueling Wing (190 ARW) of the Kansas Air National Guard, the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment of the Kansas Army National Guard, and other private commercial operators.
Visitors to the Museum are regularly treated to flying activities of Air Force tanker and fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations. With the second longest runway in the State of Kansas, large refueling tanker aircraft of the Air National Guard and army troop transports often fill the skies around the Museum.
In the autumn of 1976, the Combat Air Museum in Topeka, Kansas organized as a wing of Yesterday's Air Force (YAF) (of David Tallichet). In 1979, the group reorganized as "Combat Air Museum," relocating to Forbes Field Hangar #602.
Today, the Museum has 36 aircraft, mostly military (mostly American), representing World War I to the present day (especially jets from the 1950s to the 1980s), plus various aircraft engines, military vehicles and other military displays.
You may speak with volunteers who are working on restoration of some of the aircraft
Nearly all of the museum's aircraft are U.S. military aircraft (with a few foreign military aircraft). Some are military versions of civilian airplanes, or civilian planes used for military purposes. According to the Museum's website, as retrieved in April 2015, the Museum has these aircraft:
World War I
- Curtiss JN-4D Jenny (replica)
- Nieuport 27 (flying replica)
- Sopwith Scout / ( Sopwith Pup) (full scale replica)
- WWI German Taube fighter (scale replica)
- Pfalz E1 (scale replica)
World War II
- Beech SNB-5 (military Twin Beech Model 18)
- Douglas C-47D Skytrain ("Kilroy")
- Fairchild UC-61K Forwarder (military Fairchild 24)
- Messerschmitt Bf109G-10 (scale mockup)
- Meyers OTW sport/training biplane Serial #1
- North American HarvardMkIV (British-use North American AT-6 Texan)
- Vultee BT-13 Valiant
modern PROPELLER airplanes
modern JET airplanes
- Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight
- Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
- Grumman F9F-5 Panther
- Grumman F11F-1 Tiger
- Grumman F-14A Tomcat
- Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star
- McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
- McDonnell F-4D Phantom II
- Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15
- Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17
- Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21PF
- North American F-86H-10-NH Sabre
- Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
- Republic F-105D Thunderchief
- Bell UH-1M Iroquois ("Huey")
- Hiller OH-23A Raven (under reconstruction)
- Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion
- Sikorsky CH-54B Sky Crane / Tarhe
- aircraft engines,
- military vehicles
- military facility displays, including simulated:
- field kitchen,
- field chapel,
- German POW barracks
- military aviation art.
Location, Hours & Accomodations
As retrieved from official Combat Air Museum website April 2, 2015:
Combat Air Museum 7016 SE Forbes Avenue Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas 66619-1444
Visiting Hours, March–December:
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Sundays: Noon - 4:30 pm (No new visitors admitted after 3:30 pm)
2 Months Winter Hours, Jan 2nd through Feb 28/29th:
Everyday: Monday-Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm (No new visitors admitted after 3:30 pm)