Thursday, June 7, 2012

TWA museum opens today at Wheeler Downtown Airport

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

TWAs history is once again on display in KC.
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  • TWA's history is once again on display in KC.
It's hard to imagine that flying was once glamorous, plane cabins were as smoky as bars, and your shoes remained on your feet for the entire time you were in the airport. Those days of tied laces and ties loosened after a few preflight cocktails were the "Golden Age" of flying. Today, the only gold you might see is the jewelry you have to hock at a cash-for-gold place in order to pay for your ticket.

But if you've got a few bucks in your pocket still and can make your way down to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, you can get a glimpse into the history of a local flier: Trans World Airlines. The TWA Museum is scheduled to open today at 10 Richards Road with a 5:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house until 7.

The space at Richards Road is the former headquarters of TWA in Kansas City. Charles Lindbergh dedicated the adjacent airfield in 1927, and four years later, TWA broke ground on the building. The museum is leasing space from the current tenant, Signature Flight Support/BBA Innovation (formerly known as Executive Beechcraft).

The collection of aviation memorabilia had previously been displayed and stored at the KCI Expo Center and the airline's Overhaul Base. The museum is run by Pam Blaschum and Mary Ellen Miller, two former flight attendants for TWA, who talked to The Kansas City star about the next chapter for the museum.

The TWA Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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