Sept. 2, 2011 is the 100th Anniversary of Kansas Aviation, and marks the start of the Kansas Aviation Centennial.
On that date in 1911, the first generally recognized Kansas-built airplane flew,
in Topeka, Kansas -- piloted by Albin Kasper
Longren, who became one of the nation's first aircraft manufacturers, and a trend-setting aviation engineer. From this point, begins legendary, world-renowned Kansas Aviation History
Starting with Longren, Kansas aviation exploded in all directions, igniting new enterprises and ideas throughout the state -- creating an aviation industry, (the state's 2nd largest industry, after agriculture) that has become legendary worldwide -- supplying flight to the world.
Starting with the 100th Anniversary Month, the year-long Kansas Aviation Centennial will organize, conduct and support state-wide commemorations of the state's most spectacular industry.
Your participation and support is needed to bring alive the past -- and illuminate the future -- of the high-tech industry that makes Kansas famous around the globe.
Join the Centennial Boosters, participate in Centennial Events, and share the story of Kansas's leading role in the world's most dynamic industry.