Earlier this month I received an email from Lon Smith at the Kansas Aviation Museum that got me really excited. I love finding places like these, and, even more exciting, when they find me.
Here’s what he wrote:
We are attempting to get the word out about paranormal activities at the Kansas Aviation Museum. Here is just one of many incidents that I have personally experienced.
I am the director of the Kansas Aviation Museum which is housed in the historic Wichita Air Terminal, constructed between 1929 and 1933. I had worked as manager on duty for a wedding reception one Saturday night. The last guest departed about 2am. I turned out all the lights, locked up and got in my vehicle to head home.
I had gone about half a mile when my cell phone rang. It was the museum fax number. Now, I was the last person out of the museum and I had been gone not more than two minutes. Who could have gone into the museum in that amount of time and then why would they call me from our fax line? These were the questions that ran through my mind as I swung my car around and headed back to the museum.
As I approached, the gate was closed. I opened it remotely from my car and headed toward the building. No cars appeared to be anywhere inside that gate. I exited my vehicle and tried the door. Locked. I entered the building. No one in site. I opened the office door. Again, no one. I turned off the alarm and approached the fax machine. When I picked up the receiver, there was no dial tone. I then pulled out the cabinet to find that the wire leading to the jack was not plugged into the wall.
In other words, I had received a call on my cell phone from an empty office and a fax machine that was not plugged into the outlet from which it would have received a dial tone. I quietly exited the building and went home.
There are many more incidents like this that I could share about my six years at the Kansas Aviation Museum. We hope that folks will take an interest and visit to find out more. I am happy to give personal tours to folks and share my experiences with them.
Thanks for your assistance.
Oh do I love first hand accounts like these! And then to find that Lon’s open to discussing the odd things that happen in his museum? Even better.
My 84-year-old dad is a gynormous aviation buff. I’m seriously considering asking him to meet me in Wichita so we can tour this museum together. (Not only does he love airplanes, he’s also one of my first haunt jaunting partners in crime. In a way, he’s the one who really got me started on finding haunted places to travel to.)
Lon, I’ll be sure to give you a shout if we head your way. Thanks so much for getting in touch!
Dear Reader, if you’d like to visit Lon, here’s the Kansas Aviation Museum’s info:
3350 South George Washington Blvd.
Wichita, KS 67210