Frank Morris / KCUR

Back when terrorism was a vague threat, and security was light, airlines let kids go right up into the cabin and get a set of plastic wings from the pilot.  

Air Force Bases were relatively easy to enter, air shows were regular happenings, pretty much any kid could touch the planes. 

Mike Saxton thinks all that exposure inspired young people to pursue aviation careers, and he wants to bring a little of that back with the freshly-restored bright red, 28-year-old MD83 airliner his organization, TriStar, just brought to the Wheeler Airport in downtown Kansas City.

A new report projects an increase in the rate of job growth in Kansas this year. There are some economic forces that could temper that growth in the future.

The report from Wichita State University Center for Economic Development and Business Research projects modest job growth in Kansas this year. It’s driven partially by the energy, construction and services sectors.


Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once Boeing closes its plant next year?

Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on Up to Date: Steve Kraske talks with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer about Wednesday's big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years.