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National Airline History Museum, Kansas City

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  • We visited this Museum Immediately after visiting the TWA Museum although not affiliated with each other they are both at the downtown Airport within 1/2 mile. There is a good Orientation Video. There...  more »
  • For an airline nut, you must go just so you can see the Constellation, the queen of the air, the most beautiful airplane ever designed. And.... you get to go through it. Remember that this is a workin...  more »
  • Excellent museum about the airline industry. Just being able to go inside a constellation is worth the admission price.  more »
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  • Laurie and I enjoyed the museum and stories even though we're not plane geeks. We've traveled a lot and were delighted to see some of the relics from a bygone age of air travel elegance and sophistication. The experience starts with a movie that provides some context and history then a docent-led tour begins. Our guide, Gus, was very knowledgeable and had some great stories and anecdotes. Our tour was enhanced by having a SouthWest Airlines captain in our group who was an airplane geek like Gus! The collection of uniforms, even the paper ones from the 60s was fun to see. As well as some of the equipment used behind the scenes. Loved seeing and walking through the Lockheed Constellation in person after seeing picture and reading about them for years! Its classier and more graceful looking than I imagined it would be!
  • A decent small museum with 3 well maintained aircraft (DC3, Martin 404, and Lockheed Constellation) in TWA livery, as well as an L1011 that they're going to be working on maintaining. Aside from that, they've got a 10min video that they have you sit and watch, then you can wandering into an artifact room, where you can see memorabilia from different ages of air travel. They won't let you into the hangar where the aircraft are without an escort to comply with FAA regs for hot ramp access (completely understandable), but their docent took his dear sweet time talking to the other couple that had shown up at the same time as I did. I was hoping to move along the tour a little faster than the guide did, but he couldn't catch a hint, and the people at the front desk were kind of aloof. While the guide had a vast amount of knowledge of the aircraft, it definitely feels like a hobbyist-level effort to keep the museum going. I think that it would be in their best interest to merge with the TWA Museum on the other side of the airport, as they actually have a lot of good TWA memorabilia, but no actual aircraft.
  • This is unlike most museum's in that you can't just walk around on your own. You have to have a guide show you around. I'm assuming it is for safety reasons as they actively work on restoring planes here. However, it is not that interesting to a kid who doesn't care about the history and just wants to look at airplanes without being led around.
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