Mid-America Air Museum

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Mid-America Air Museum
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Mid-America Air Museum is located in Kansas
Mid-America Air Museum
Location within Kansas
Established1988; 31 years ago (1988)[1]
Location2000 W 2nd Street
Liberal, KS
United States
Coordinates37°02′21″N 100°57′04″W / 37.0391°N 100.9512°W / 37.0391; -100.9512Coordinates: 37°02′21″N 100°57′04″W / 37.0391°N 100.9512°W / 37.0391; -100.9512
TypeAviation museum
Visitors12,000 / year[2]
DirectorScott Metelko[3]
Websitemuseumliberal.com
An external picture of the Mid-America Air Museum

The Mid-America Air Museum is an aerospace and aircraft museum located in Liberal, Kansas, at the Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport.

The Mid-American Air Museum is the largest aircraft museum in Kansas, and the fifth-largest in the United States. The museum has on display over 100 aircraft (both within the museum's primary building and on the adjacent tarmac), a gift store, and several displays of photographs and ephemera relating to the history of aviation in the region.

History[edit]

The Museum is on Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport, originally known as Liberal Army Air Field that served as a B-24 Liberator training base during the Second World War.[4]

The Museum is located within a hangar that formerly belonged to Beech Aircraft (where Beech produced Beech Musketeer, Beechcraft Baron, and Beechcraft Duchess light airplanes, in the 1960s and 1970s.)[4][5]

The museum started with the donation, by the late Colonel Tom Thomas, Jr., of his personal collection: over 50 aircraft (valued at over $3 Million) to the City of Liberal.[1][4]

Location, hours, and accommodations[edit]

The Mid-America Air Museum is in southwest Kansas, in Liberal, Kansas, at the Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport, near U.S. Highway 54.[6]

The museum hours are: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday-Friday 9:00-6:00, Sundays 1:00-5:00

Entrance fee varies: Adults: $7.00, Senior 62+: $5.00, Child 6-18: $3.00, Children 5 & under: free, Active Military/Veteran/Pilot: free, School Group: $3.00 per student

The museum is open regular hours every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.[7]

Independent visitors to the museum take self-guided tours. Guided tours are available for school, church, corporate and other tour groups. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tours must be booked in advance.[6] Two electric carts are available at no charge for use by elderly, disabled, or injured visitors.[6]

Collection[edit]

The Mid-America Air Museum's collection includes:[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MAAM Foundation - About us". MAAM Foundation. MAAM Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ Boy, Michele. "Eye on Kansas - Mid America Air Museum". Eye on Kansas. Archived from the original on 2015-06-29. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ Grimm, Elly (28 Aug 2017). "Metelko takes over at Mid-America Air Museum". Leader & Times. Archived from the original on 30 Dec 2017. Retrieved 30 Dec 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Skip, Burroughs. "The Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, KS". SW Aviator. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Beechcraft "sport" B19". The Skytamer Archive. Archived from the original on 2015-07-02. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Mid-America Air Museum". City of Liberal. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 26 June 2015., Official website of the City of Liberal, Kansas
  7. ^ "City of Liberal, Holidays page". Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 27 June 2015., Official website of the City of Liberal, Kansas
  8. ^ "Mid-America Air Museum". aviationmuseum.eu. Retrieved 2 May 2016.

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