Kansas City’s TWA Museum has added several airline cockpit trainers and simulators to its collection at the Wheeler Downtown Airport.
“We are now in the process of assembling two full-sized cockpit trainers,” said Larry Lillge, a volunteer with the TWA Museum. “We also have an operational simulator. People can actually sit at the controls and simulate flying the aircraft. A lot of people get a big kick out of that.”
The museum at 10 Richards Road is dedicated to preserving the history of Trans World Airlines and is located in the original TWA headquarters, an overhaul base built in 1931. Signature Flight Services now occupies the building.
“Trans World Airlines was the hometown airline,” Lillge said. “It was formed in the early 1900s. At one time, it was one of the top-five airlines in the world and it started out based right here in Kansas City.”
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens. Children are free. Military families are free with ID.
Volunteers have scheduled three fundraisers for the TWA Museum.
The first is a viewing of “American Made,” a 2017 film with Tom Cruise based in Kansas City that tells the story of a TWA pilot who was recruited by the CIA. The film will be screened at 1 p.m. on March 4 at iWerx, 1520 Clay St. in North Kansas City.
Prior to the movie, Terry Reed, author of “Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA,” will speak about the real story behind the movie. Tickets are $35 and should be reserved in advance by calling 816-234-1011.
The annual Hangar Dance fundraiser is April 28 at the Museum, and the first TWA Museum Golf Tournament will be May 1 at The Deuce at The National Golf Club.
For more information, call 816-234-1011.
Park faculty art on display
An art exhibit featuring the work of Park University art faculty opens March 5 at Campanella Gallery in the Norrington Center on campus.
An artists’ reception for “New Works: An Invitational Featuring Artwork by Park University Faculty” is planned from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 9.
The work of nine faculty members in Park’s Department of Art, Design and Interdisciplinary Studies — Donna Bachmann, professor emeritus of fine art; Andrea Lee, department chair and assistant professor of fine art; Jeffrey Smith, associate professor of graphic design; and adjunct instructors William Eickhorst, Frank Hamilton, Deb Hillen, Christopher Lowrance, Kim Luther and Lynn Richardson — will be featured in the exhibit.
The exhibit will be open through April 26. Admission is free. For gallery hours, visit to www.park.edu/library or call 816-584-6285.
Parkville acquires park
Platte County and the city of Parkville have made the transfer of Platte Landing Park to the city official. The transfer of the 131-acre park was completed Feb. 16 with a token payment of $1 during an official closing with the Mayor Nan Johnston and Platte County Presiding Commissioner Ron Schieber.
The agreement was approved in September by city alderman after several years of shared responsibility for the park between the two entities.
“The city did two things,” Parkville Administrator Joe Parente said. “One, they accepted maintenance responsibly. They also agreed the park would remain open to all residents, not just Parkville city residents. That park is used by people from all over the Northland and sometimes south of the river, too.”
Parkville created a park master plan in 2016, which included a wetland-restoration project for the park that adjoins English Landing Park. The project, which includes nature trails and additional recreation areas, is expected to be completed in 2019.
“The city saw it as opportunity to have full control over the completion of the park development in accordance with the master plan,” Parente said. “The county achieved what they wanted to achieve and they were wanting someone else to take over maintenance responsibilities, so it was a win-win on both sides.”
The inclusion of Platte Landing Park with English Landing Park makes Parkville’s riverfront a regional recreation and open-space attraction, Johnston said.
“The park serves recreational needs for the community and we are excited about the prospects of further expanding recreational opportunities for our residents,” she said.
Parkville has provided day-to-day maintenance of the Platte Landing Park since 2011. The city has received a federal grant from the Corps of Engineers for the wetland-restoration project.
As part of the agreement, Platte County made a one-time payment to Parkville from its recreation sales tax for future long-term maintenance of the road and parking lot.
Liberty man serves on USS Boxer
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kolby Madison, from Liberty, is an operations specialist serving aboard USS Boxer, the largest amphibious warship in the U.S. Navy.
Madison, part of a crew of 3,000 on the USS Boxer, is responsible for maintaining a tactical picture of the surrounding seas by plotting a visual representation of other vessels in the area. The ship is based in San Diego.
“Growing up in my hometown, I learned how to have a good work ethic and treat people right,” Madison said in a press release. “This has helped me succeed in my Navy career.”
Madison is a 2014 graduate of Liberty North High School and has strong family ties to the military.
“My grandpa, who was a paratrooper in (World War II), has always been a motivation to me, with all the accomplishments he had in his career,” Madison said.
The USS Boxer is an amphibious assault ship that resembles a small aircraft carrier and is famous for its role in the rescue mission of Capt. Richard Phillips on April 12, 2009. The mission was portrayed n the 2013 movie “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks and featured crew members from the Boxer.
Oak Park chosen as model school
The International Center for Leadership in Education, or ICLE, has named Oak Park High School a model school for 2018.
Oak Park is one of eight schools in the United States honored this year and the only school in Missouri. The mission of ICLE is to challenge, inspire and equip educators to prepare students for lifelong success.
“The hard work and dedication by teachers made this honor possible, and the students are the big winners, benefitting from innovative and unique learning opportunities,” Oak Park Principal Dr. Chris Sartain said in a press release.
Oak Park was recognized by ICLE for efforts to raise standards for all students — including providing all freshmen with honors-level curriculum in English, science and social studies; increased advanced-placement enrollment; and a new pilot program, AP for All.
Sartain will share the school’s best practices at the 26th Annual Model School’s Conference on June 24-27 in Orlando.
Poetry reading Wednesday at Park
Members of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the McCoy Meetin’ House at Park University.
The free event, part of the university’s Year of Diversity series of events, begins with a reception is at 6:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 22, but was postponed because of last week’s ice storm.
Poetry will be read in both Spanish and English. Gloria Adams, Jose Faus, Gabriela Lemmons, Maria Diaz, Marta Silva and Lupita Vargas from the Latino Writers Collective are scheduled to read.
Compiled by Norma King, Special to The Star