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Combat Air Museum

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Address: 7016 SE Forbes Ave, Forbes Field, Topeka, KS 66619-1444
Phone Number: +1 785-862-3303
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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A collection of military aircraft, a re-created German P.O.W. barracks,...

A collection of military aircraft, a re-created German P.O.W. barracks, aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia spanning World War I to the space shuttle program are on display at this museum tailor-made for flight enthusiasts.

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Unexpected find!

Stopped at the Combat Air Museum and was pleasantly surprised at the number of planes, helicopters, and other pieces of military equipment on hand in the two hangers. This... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at the Combat Air Museum and was pleasantly surprised at the number of planes, helicopters, and other pieces of military equipment on hand in the two hangers. This combined with the friendly staff on hand to answer any questions made for a great stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

This place is full of interesting old fighter planes. You can get right up close to some of the iconic 60's and 70's jets. Great place to spend a couple of hours. Highly recommended.

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Thank Tony M
Derby, KS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This museum has two buildings. The main building is very well laid out with exhibits on military aviation history and very nicely maintained aircraft on display. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers working there to help with any questions. The second hangar is Jam packed with aircraft awaiting restoration. Watch your head! They have a number of aircraft you rarely see, like... More 

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Thank Richard F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

This place is a big surprise for a town the size of Topeka KS. I have been to many air museums around the country and this place has some of the best displays I have seen, especially in a small market. Aircraft are well cared for and are displayed in a way to preserve the history presented. It is a... More 

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Thank Steven C
Sequim, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Some rare and interesting pieces in this collection. Two large hangars stuffed with aircraft. There is an EC-121 which we were able to climb inside. Very interesting! A lot of work and donated resources went into this museum. Kudos to the dedicated folks who run it.

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Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

Located in two hangers at the Topeka Regional Airport - Forbes Field - the Combat Air Museum houses a variety of aircraft use in both world wars, Korea and Vietnam. We were fortunate to have a guided tour through both hangers by a very knowledgable volunteer. If this is available for your visit, we highly recommend it. The museum is... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

This place is very cool if you love history, planes or wars or all of the above. Two hangers just full of old aircraft. Some of the planes you could actually sit in. There was a lot of history about the planes as well and there was a flight simulation you could try. The only bad part was that this... More 

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Carroll
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

They have a great collection of aircraft most of which are inside. My favorite was the EC-121 that is unfortunately sitting outside but which is opened up so you can walk through it. They have a lot inside - some rare examples you probably can't find anywhere else.

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Lenexa, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Last trip before school -- boys (12) (10) voted to go here and also the National Guard Museum which is about 1/8 of a mile away. The staff is great. Some could be more interactive with visitors, but then they do have jobs to do also. Both times the boys have flown the flight simulator, the instructors were attentive, and... More 

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We were with a group and had a tour guide. He had actually flown some of the planes that were on display. Very interesting to see the progression from bi-planes to jets. Some of the older planes looked very small and newer ones looked huge. My husband got to play on the simulator and had a ball. It was a... More 

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