WICHITA, KS – JANUARY 10, 2012
Downtown Wichita, KS can be seen through the windows of the Kansas Aviation Museum. The land and buildings that now make up the Museum was the location of Wichita’s original airport. It was all around this area of south east Wichita that the aviation industry grew up many decades ago.
The city of Wichita, KS is tied closely to the aircraft industry. Over the past century, Wichita has been the home to most of the large aviation manufacturers. Some people equate Wichita and aviation to Silicon Valley and the computer chip. However, over the past three years Wichita has seen many layoffs in the aircraft sector including the most recent news by Boeing that they will be leaving the city for good after over 8 decades of doing business in the city.