Plans Taking Flight for Kansas Aviation Museum

Plans Taking Flight for Kansas Aviation Museum

Men known for their prowess in flight, coupled with rich military heritage, form “boulders” for the Wings Over Salina Aviation Experience that is gathering nuggets for a multimillion-dollar project in Kansas.

The idea snared Randy Hassler’s fancy years ago.

“It’s been on my bucket list since I’ve been on the (Salina Airport Authority) board,” said Hassler, a Salina urologist, former U.S. Air Force flight surgeon and an avid pilot. He chairs the advisory council aimed at establishing a special place adjacent to Salina Regional Airport that it’s hoped will be visited by an estimated 25,000 people a year.

Billed as an aviation experience rather than a museum, the aim is to celebrate Salina’s winged pedigree, starting with Glenn Martin’s first flight over Salina in 1911, the advent of military flight training from Smoky Hill Army Airfield-Schilling Air Force Base from 1942 until it closed in 1965; astronaut Steve Hawley’s space missions, and adventurer Steve Fossett’s world-record feats in the GlobalFlyer.

For the complete story by Tim Unruh of the Salina Journal, click here.

Updated: June 3, 2013 — 9:22 AM
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