Combat Air Museum

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Combat Air Museum
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Overview of Hangar 602
Combat Air Museum is located in Kansas
Combat Air Museum
Location within Kansas
LocationForbes Field Airport
7016 SE Forbes Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66619
United States
Coordinates38°56′48″N 95°41′04″W / 38.94667°N 95.68444°W / 38.94667; -95.68444Coordinates: 38°56′48″N 95°41′04″W / 38.94667°N 95.68444°W / 38.94667; -95.68444
TypeAviation museum
Websitecombatairmuseum.org

The Combat Air Museum is a non profit aviation museum at Topeka Regional Airport in Williamsport Township, Shawnee County, near Topeka, Kansas. The museum is 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.[1]

The Museum and the Airport[edit]

Topeka Regional Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located six miles (10 km) south of the central business district of Topeka.[2]

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 Forbes Air Force Base, is home to Forbes Air National Guard Base and 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.

History[edit]

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.[3]

Exhibits[edit]

EC-121T in March 2014
F3D-2 in March 2014
C-47D in March 2014

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.[2][3]

Aircraft[edit]

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,[2] the Museum has these aircraft:

World War I[edit]

World War II[edit]

Cold War[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

Drones[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Combat Air Museum". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Combat Air Museum official website
  3. ^ a b Combat Air Museum - Topeka, Kansas, on the website KansasTravel.org
  4. ^ "Airco de Havilland 2 (80% scale replica)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Curtiss JN-4D-2 Jenny Replica". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Fokker Dr.1Triplane 75% Scale Replica German WWI Fighter". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Fokker E.IV Full Scale Replica German WWI Fighter". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Nieuport 27 WWI French Biplane Fighter". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 (full scale replica) under construction". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Sopwith Scout ("Pup") British Biplane Fighter (Full Scale Replica)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  11. ^ "WWI German Rumpler-Taube (scale flying replica)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  12. ^ "PFALZ E1 (3/4 Scale Replica)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Beech SNB-5 Twin Beech Model 18 (FAA Reg. Number N87693)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Cessna Bobcat AT-17 "Bamboo Bomber"". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  15. ^ "DOUGLAS C-47D Skytrain ("Kilroy Is Here")". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Fairchild UC-61K Forwarder (Argus III) 24W-46 (FAA Reg. Number N81395)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10 Full Scale Mockup". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Meyers OTW (Out To Win) Serial #1 (FAA Reg. Number N15784)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Canadian Car & Foundry (North American) Harvard Mk IV (FAA Reg. Number N294CH)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Vultee BT-13A Valiant". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Beech RU-8D Twin Bonanza". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Grumman US-2A Tracker (FAA Reg. Number N486GT)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Lockheed EC-121T-LO Warning Star (FAA Reg. Number N4257U)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Douglas F-3D-2T2 (TF-10B) Skyknight". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Grumman F9F-5 Panther". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  27. ^ "Grumman F11F-1 Tiger Blue Angel". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  28. ^ "US Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Top Gun)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  29. ^ "Lockheed T-33A-1-LO Shooting Star". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  30. ^ "McDonnell F-101B-100-MC Voodoo". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  31. ^ "McDonnell F-4D-29-MC Phantom II". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  32. ^ "Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15BIS (Polish-built SBLim-6R; FAA Reg. Number N15YY)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  33. ^ "(Mikoyan-Gurevich) Polish Lim-6R (MiG-17F) Fresco C". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  34. ^ "Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PF Fishbed D". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  35. ^ "North American F-86H-10-NH Sabre (undergoing restoration)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  36. ^ "Republic F-84-25-RE Thunderstreak". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  37. ^ "Republic F-105D-30-RE Thunderchief". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  38. ^ "Bell UH-1H-BF Iroquois (Huey)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  39. ^ "Bell UH-1M Iroquois Huey". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  40. ^ "Hiller OH-23A Raven (under reconstruction, but now nearing completion)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  41. ^ "Sikorsky NCH-53A Sea Stallion". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  42. ^ "Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe Skycrane". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  43. ^ "CQ-10A Snow Goose UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  44. ^ "Ryan Firebee BQM-34A "Drone" at Combat Air Museum". Combat Air Museum. Combat Air Museum. Retrieved 18 February 2018.

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