My first trip in an aircraft was while I was in college, on the way back from Harrison, Arkansas.
A guy with what made me think of a Korean War helicopter from M*A*S*H was giving flights for $20. We went up a few hundred feet, circled around a bit, then landed.
It was one of the best $20 bills I’ve ever spent.
Like a lot of other kids my generation, I was fascinated by flying. But I never got a chance to be at the controls.
I still have a fascination for aviation. It’s a fascination that Vicki does not share, who when I had a spare couple of hours camping south of Topeka, Kansas, she stayed at the camper while I visited the Combat Air Museum just south of town.
It was a fun trip for me. These planes are beautiful, even the ones that are in pieces in the workshop hangar.
And while I had doubts about climbing the steps with this bad hip to see the interior of a four-prop reconnaissance plane used in the Cold War, I was glad I made the effort. It’s a great blend of aviation, electronics and history.
The display of a 75% scale replica of a Fokker triplane (think Baron von Richthofen) being pursued by a toy Snoopy doll on his doghouse/Sopwith Camel was delightful
Same thing for the photos of Marilyn Monroe in her early career in the defense industry, working on engines for an early line of drones.
It’s mostly photos, but if you’re into old planes, I think you’ll enjoy them.
Fuselage nose art is always fun. Not a lot of examples at the museum, but here are three.
I was surprised at how fascinating the inside of the early AWACS plane was for me. I tried to imagine myself being on the crew of this plane, which would have been pretty crowded with all the air crew and techs on board.
2 thoughts on “Wings Over Topeka: Visiting the Combat Air Museum”
Looks like the great RV adventure continues. Safe travels.
Karen & Dominic Bava
It looks like you had an interesting time! I know Pat would have enjoyed it as well!