Spirit AeroSystems has donated 15 acres of land to the Kansas Aviation Museum. The land is just north of the Wichita Air Terminal at the museum, Wichita’s first airport terminal building.
The property had been the site of the Boeing Radar and Antennae range from the late 1940s through the mid-1980s.
Included in the gift are four structures. The museum plans to convert three of them for use as a new Aviation Restoration Facility, a complex to restore historic plans important to Wichita and the state’s aviation history. They will also be used for educational purposes, the museum said.
The museum plans to work with local institutions of higher learning and offer internships to train future professionals into the “subtle nuances of airplane restoration,” the museum said.