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Wichita, Waverly events will honor Olive Ann Beech

A variety of old and new Beechcraft aircraft will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jabara Airport in Wichita as part of a two-day, two-city event honoring aviation pioneer Olive Ann Beech.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Tennessee-based Beechcraft Heritage Museum.

The planes will leave Sunday for Beech's hometown of Waverly, southwest of Ottawa. A ceremony honoring Beech will be held at 1 p.m. at the Waverly Community Building at 308 Pearson St. Special guests will include members of the Beech family, local officials and representatives from the museum and Hawker Beechcraft.

Beech co-founded Beech Aircraft Co. in Wichita with her husband, Walter Beech, in 1932.

Photographs, books and display materials about Olive Ann Beech will be presented to the Coffey County Library branch in Waverly, and to the Waverly high school and elementary school libraries.

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