NATIONAL AIRLINE HISTORY MUSEUM

Airline History Museum

DESCRIPTION: The National Airline History Museum is located at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo. To walk through it is to truly step back in time, to a different and more graceful age of air transportation. The museum contains a collection of photographs, artifacts, printed material and audio/visual displays that will bring you the true flavor of an age gone by.

ADDRESS: 201 NW Lou Holland Drive, Kansas City, Mo.

LOCATION: Located in downtown Kansas City, less than a mile northwest of the Kansas City Convention Center.

PHONE: 816-421-3401

WEB SITE: www.airlinehistory.org 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook-National Airline History Museum, Twitter-@AirlineHistory, Instagram-airlinehistory

HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • A variety of aircraft reside at the museum, two of which are in flying condition and one additional airline-related reproduction on loan for display. 
  • A Lockheed Super G Constellation, known as the "Star of America," dressed in TWA's signature red-and-white color scheme. 
  • A Martin 404
  • A Douglas DC-3, still undergoing restoration 
  • A Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
  • The original Howard Hughes TWA Moonliner II (Disneyland spaceliner reproduction) 
  • Uniforms, galley items, instrumentation, logbooks, personal mementos, and so much more bring to life the propeller-driven era. 

HOURS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Closed most major holidays. It is recommended to arrive at least an hour before closing to allow plenty of time to tour the museum and hangar.

ADMISSION: Ages 13-17: $4; ages 18-64: $8; seniors ages 65+: $5; active US military personnel: $5. Children under 12 are admitted free.

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: 12,000

HISTORY: The National Airline History Museum was originally known as the "Save a Connie Foundation" and is still incorporated under that name. It was founded in 1986 by aviation enthusiasts Larry A. Brown and Dick McMahon who were joined by a number of other enthusiasts, including (then) current and former employees of TWA, the airline headquartered in KC. The group began by highlighting commercial aviation in the propeller age but has since moved into the jet age with the acquisition of a Lockheed Tristar. 

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Head to the nearby River Market for lots of lunch options. Try Ethiopian cuisine at the Blue Nile Café. Treat your stomach to some slow-smoked barbecue at Winslow’s KC-Style Barbecue. 

WHAT’S NEARBY: The museum is minutes away from other transportation-related attractions. For starters, explore Science City and the Kansas City Rail Experience at Union Station. Then tour the Arabia Steamboat Museum where you’ll find hundreds of “touchable” treasures.

ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • Spring and Fall Hangar Dances are reminiscent of the USO hangar dances held during WWII. Enjoy dancing to the big band sound of the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra. WWII-era attire or military uniforms of any period welcome.

DID YOU KNOW: One of the museum’s featured aircrafts, the Lockheed Super "G" Constellation, is the first Constellation ever to be fully restored to flying condition. The plane has been showcased on the airshow circuit and has also appeared in television and movie releases. It was featured in the Arts and Entertainment documentary, “First Flights,” narrated by Neil Armstrong, and in the motion picture, “Voyager.” It got a taste of Hollywood when it was seen in the movie, "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" in 1995, starring Jim Carrey.

DON’T FORGET: Take time to see one of the best views in the city. After your museum experience, make sure to look out the south hangar doors for a spectacular view of the Kansas City skyline.

GROUP TOURS: Discounts are given to groups of 20 or more. These visits should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the N. Broadway Express route to the Downtown Kansas City Airport stop.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: 

From the north: Take 169 South, exit onto Richards Road South and follow it around the back of the building beside the levee. It will become Lou Holland Drive and the American History Museum is inside Hangar 9, first on the right as you head north.

From the south: Take US-169 North. Crossing the Broadway Bridge, stay in the left lane. Once over the bridge follow the left lane straight ahead as it drops down into the Downtown Airport. Proceed forward and stay on Richards Road. The road will become Lou Holland Drive and the National American History Museum is inside Hangar 9, first on the right as you head north.

From the east: Take I-70 West to US-169 N. Take the ramp toward Richards Road/Downtown Airport. Turn left on Harlem Road. Take another left on Richards Road. It will become Lou Holland Drive and the American History Museum is inside Hangar 9, first on the right as you head north. 

From the west: Take I-70 East to US-169 N. Then turn left onto Broadway Boulevard. Take the ramp toward Richards Road/Downtown Airport. Turn left on N.W. Harlem Road. Take another left on Richards Road. It will become Lou Holland Drive and the American History Museum is inside Hangar 9, first on the right as you head north. 

PARKING: Free in the museum lot.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT Amanda Ross, 816-421-3401, events@airlinehistory.org

Media Contacts

Derek Klaus
National & Convention Media:
Derek Klaus
Director of Communications
816-691-3849
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Toni Alexander
Regional & KC Media:
Toni Alexander
Communications Manager
816-691-3848
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