Museum hosts special programs and events honoring aviation

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Museum is opening new exhibits this weekend as well as featuring two programs by aviation historian and author Edward Phillips.

Phillips, a pilot and advanced ground instructor, has researched and written eight books on Wichita aviation history. He is scheduled to make presentations at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the dawn of Wichita aviation from 1911 to 1929, and the history of Travel Air and Walter Beech, from the 1920s and 1930s.

The two exhibits opening include Walter Beech Air Race Trophies and Celebrating the “Mystery S.”

Beech’s secret racing plane with Travel Air was known as the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.” The exhibit includes film footage of the plane taken at the Wichita Airport around 1930.

Twelve of Beech’s air racing trophies will also be on display.

The museum hours are are 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $5 for adults; and $2 for children ages 12 and under.

The museum is located in Wichita at 204 S. Main.

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