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Aviators and Aviation in Kansas

Kansas provided American aviation with some of its greatest pioneers in the early years of the 20th century. Wichita, in south central Kansas, has been called the "air capitol of the world," producing airplanes for individuals and the military. Barnstormers, manufacturers, record setters, and astronauts have called Kansas home, including some of the more well-known pioneers—Clyde Cessna, A. K. Longren, Glenn Martin, Lloyd Stearman, Amelia Earhart, and Walter and Olive Beech. Aviator Charles Lindbergh lived in the Bird City area from 1922 to 1923 when he was a barnstormer. Learn more about some of those aviators and their stories.


Beech, Olive Ann Mellor

Beech, Walter

Beech Aircraft Company

Billard, Philip

Call, Henry

Cessna, Clyde

Cessna Aircraft Company

Earhart, Amelia

Hibbard, Hall L.

Hunt, A. E.

Longren, A. K.

Longren, Dolly

Longren Airplanes

Martin, Glenn L.

Purvis, William

Stearman, Lloyd

Stearman Aircraft

Wilson, Charles

Entry: Aviators and Aviation in Kansas

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: April 2010

Date Modified: July 2017

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