If you have been following our trips, you know by now that I am a military museum
fanatic. I just cannot
get enough of these museums. But, when I first discovered this museum, I was not sure what to expect. I
am expecting to see a small-rundown local museum with a few displays. I was pleasantly surprised by the
time I got halfway through all of the exhibits here. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and do plan to return
when I am in the Topeka, Kansas area.
The Combat Air Museum, organized in the fall of 1976 as a wing of David Tallichet's Yesterday's Air Force, has served as an educational institution and tourism destination for close to forty years. It is one of a handful of major aviation museums in the United States located on an active air field.
Visitors to the Museum are regularly treated to flying activities of Air Force fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations. With the longest runway in the State of Kansas, large refueling tanker aircraft of the Kansas Air National Guard and army troop transports often fill the skies around the Museum. The Museum's "Young Aviators" classes offer students a unique opportunity to be immersed in the midst of a museum covering aviation history from the earliest days of flight to the present day.
Located at the Topeka Regional Airport on Forbes Field in Topeka, Kansas, the Combat Air Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the creation of facilities and resources for the education of the local and regional communities through the collection, preservation, conservation and exhibition of aircraft, information, artifacts, technology and art associated with the military aviation history of the United States of America.
Topeka Regional Airport, formerly an air force base, is home to the 190th Air Refueling Wing (190 ARW) of the Kansas Air National Guard, the 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment of the Kansas Army National Guard, and other private commercial operators.
On exhibit at the Museum: there are 38 aircraft ranging from the earliest aviation period to the present day, including 7 WWI replica aircraft; historic aircraft engines of many sizes and types, including a rare Whittle Gas Turbine Engine; and an extensive display of artifacts and dioramas and a growing gallery of military aviation art. Nearly all of the museum's aircraft are U.S. military aircraft (with a few foreign military aircraft). Some are military versions of civilian airplanes, or civilian planes used for military purposes.
Mon - Sat 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sun: Noon - 4:30 pm
Jan 2nd - Feb 28/29th
Everyday: Mon - Sun Noon - 4:30 pm
Combat Air Museum
7016 SE Forbes Avenue