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Kansas Aviation Museum’s Cockpit-Fest USA to feature fly-bys, simulators

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 3, 2013, at 8:33 p.m.

The Kansas Aviation Museum is hosting its second annual Cockpit-Fest USA event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature the debut of a President Kennedy Air Force One replica cockpit and stateroom.

Nu-Tek Simulations is preparing a 47-foot section of a Boeing 737 to replicate the VC-137C 26000 aircraft used by Kennedy for transport during his presidency.

The museum will also debut a 737 history exhibit on board its Boeing 737-200.

The event will feature a variety of simulators, including those of a 737-200, F-4 Phantom, B-52 Stratofortess, DC-9, A-7 Corsair, F-84F Thunderstreak and F-15A Eagle. There will be fly-bys each day.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the event will include a fly-by of three historic Stearman biplanes. They will fly by the old 1929 Stearman sales and service hangar and the museum, then make a turn near the factory building where all Stearman biplanes were originally manufactured.

The event, held in association with the Newark Air Museum, UK, will be held at the museum at 3350 S. George Washington Blvd.

Tickets are $8.95 for adults, $7.95 for ages 65 and over, and $6.95 for ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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