Aerial Adventures Newsletter

Kansas Aviation Honors Awards

We are honored to once again be able to honor some incredible men and women who have impacted aviation in Kansas and across our nation. 

Join us on Saturday, November 12th at 6:00pm for our Kansas Aviation Honors Awards. We will induct Col. Ed Sykes, Louise Thaden, Astronaut Nick Hague, and Harold Walter into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. In addition, we will be celebrating 30 years of KAM with some great surprises along the way.

Purchase your ticket by Oct. 12th for our Early Bird discount - $65 per person and $520 per table (8 guests). After the 12th, the cost is $75 per person and $600 per table. 

Get your tickets here

Upcoming Events


13th - Senior Thursday

15th - Closed Private Event


5th - Closed at 4:00

10th - Senior Thursday

12th - Louise Thaden Plane Dedication

12th - Kansas Honors Awards Ceremony

24th - Thanksgiving

25th - Closed at 4:00


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'Matty Project'

PHASE ONE Announcement

The Kansas Aviation Museum is excited to kick-off our newest renovation and expansion plan. This 4 area project will bring expanded exhibits of our Hall of Fame, Air Capital Theatre, and redesigned Black Aviators Exhibit to honor Rip Gooch. In addition, we are adding a Welcome to Wichita exhibit that will highlight the history of our iconic building.

Our goal is to raise a total of $200,000 by October 31st. With the help of our community partners at Bank of America, Meritrust Credit Union and the City of Wichita, we are on our way. This is a short time, but I am confident, with your help, we will cross the finish line. You can send a donation into the museum, or go to our website and donate there.

Learn more about the project!

Senior Thursday Series

Join us on Thursday, October 13th for our Senior Thursday Series with the one and only World's Greatest Fighter Pilot, Col. Ed Sykes.

Ed has been associated with KAM since it's inception as WAHA. In addition, he brings a world of history about the early days of McConnell AFB. He will have books available to purhcase. Bring your friends. Program begins at 10:00AM.

Senior Thursday is sponsored by:

Skyward Credit Union

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Little Aviators 2022

Thanks to our partners, The Mattress Hub, we are able to offer this program free to all kids 12 and under, as well as a free admission for one adult per household and 50% off from additional adults.

Little Aviators is held every Friday from 10a-12p. Come out and enjoy a day at KAM.

"A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an

airplane is, I'm afraid, lying."

Louise Thaden

These words, spoken by the great aviatrix, Louise Thaden, are so real, not just in flight but life. Sometimes taking risks bring excitement, but one would be lying if they didn't admit there is also so fear in that. 

As we begin the work for the Matty Project, there is a lot of excitement over what is to come. I am excited to see the expansion to our current exhibits. I am excited to dedicate the Black Aviators exhibit in Rip Gooch's honor. But it also brings some fear as to making them the best exhibits for our museum. Fear shouldn't paralyze us, but rather challenge us to rise to the occasion. In the coming months, we will begin to see this reality take place, and I am glad that you are along for the ride!


Ben Sauceda

Kansas Aviation Museum

Executive Director

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