The Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Mo., has acquired an international airliner that will soon be the last of its kind.
The museum’s 300-passenger Lockheed L-1011 will likely be the only one remaining after 2012, according to Paul Sloan, executive director.
The museum hopes to land the giant airliner in Kansas City this April. Meanwhile, the former TWA aircraft waits to return to its Kansas City roots. The plane, valued at more than $1.5 million, will remain in Roswell, N.M., until an additional $40,000 can be raised for its delivery. The Airline History Museum plans to use the plane as an educational exhibit.
“Preserving this aircraft saves a piece of history, but it also helps to educate children,” said Sloan. The airplane will complete the Airline History Museum’s Educational Wing, which is aimed at teaching children the evolution of commercial airliners. Children will be able to explore inside the plane and learn about current airline practices.
All donations to the L-1011 go solely toward preparation of the educational exhibit. With the help of donations, the plane will be available for tours in April. The Educational Wing program is slated to begin by Aug. 1.
For more information: AHMHangar.com.