Kansas Aviation Museum to Hold ‘Flightline Combine’ Challenge
February 5, 2015
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  • If you like team sports and aviation, the Kansas Aviation Museum has the event for you.

    The museum will hold a “Flightline Combine” challenge on March 28, pitting teams of high school juniors and seniors against each other in contests of strength and speed utilizing aircraft and equipment around the facility.

    Needless to say, the idea makes for some unique events.

    The six planned contests include:
    • The timed tow of a Learjet 23.
    • The timed lift of an aircraft tow bar.
    • The timed push of an air stair.
    • The timed climb of the stairs in the air traffic control tower.
    • The timed relay of loading five suitcases of increasing weight.
    • The timed flipping of a B-52 tire.

    Teams will be comprised of six people, three boys and three girls, with one alternate.

    The museum is housed in what was once Wichita’s airport terminal at 3350 South George Washington Blvd.

    Executive Director Lon Smith said in an article announcing the first-ever event on the museum’s website http://ksaviation.tkfast.net/?p=1870 that the plan is to make the combine an annual event.

    “We like to do things out of the ordinary,” Smith said. “We are really looking forward to this unique event and watching it grow every year.

    The museum is looking for a total of 10 teams to participate and has partnered with Vype magazine to help promote the idea to area schools.

    Those interested in entering a high school team for the event can contact Mike Cooper with Vype.

    The museum has already lined three sponsors for the event, the Kansas Army National Guard, the Kansas Air Guard and Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

    It will also be inviting area colleges, universities and trade schools to set up booths at the event.

    Those interested in more information on the event can contact Leslie Chaffin at the Kansas Aviation Museum.