On June 3, 2015, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Kansas (formerly Wichita Mid-Continent Airport) opened a swanky new state-of-the-art terminal building.
The terminal was designed to reflect Wichita’s role in the aviation industry and has many elements that evoke flight.
For example, the terrazzo design on the floor takes inspiration from the contrails of aircraft flying in the sky. As a bonus, the lines serve as wayfinding tools for passengers to and through various parts of the terminal.
Historical exhibits are located throughout the terminal as well. And on the public mezzanine, wing-like exhibits contain historical data and graphics explaining the rich history of Wichita’s aviation heritage.
2. Wichita Airport’s History of Aviation exhibit
Wichita’s role in aviation history has earned it the title of “Air Capital of the World.” The legacy of aircraft manufacturing in the city is documented in the airport’s History of Aviation exhibit, which is like a free museum inside the airport.
3. ICT has glass jet bridges
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) has 12 glass jet bridges (11 are currently in use). That’s the largest installation of glass jet bridges in the country.
4. Cool Kansas Souvenirs
ICT airport is located in Kansas. So of course there are Wizard of Oz-themed souvenirs available in the airport gift shops. And lots of them.
5. “Aloft” art
Created by Ed Carpenter, the “Aloft” sculpture inside Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) was designed to evoke “feelings of ascent and descent, and sensations of the allure of flight.”
The work is composed of a 360-foot-long main cable and sixty-five transverse cables that support alternating panels of laminated glass and plastic.