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Fire From the Kansas Sky: The Piatt Street Plane Crash of 1965

January 9, 2015

Presented by D.W. Carter.  On a cold Saturday morning in 1965, an Air Force KC-135 tanker carrying 31,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into a congested African-American neighborhood in Wichita. When the fire subsided, 47 people, mostly children, were dead or injured, several homes were destroyed, and families were splintered--and that was just the beginning of the nightmare. This presentation explores why the plane crashed, how the community responded, and how race relations in Wichita were further strained because of the disaster.

Sponsored by: Kansas African American Museum.

Funded project of Kansas Humanities Councils.  Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Individual and corporate contributions, funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and funding from the State of Kansas supports our work.

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Time: 7:00 pm

Contact: Carole Branda Phone: (316) 262-7651 Website:
Kansas African American Museum
601 N Water Street
Wichita, KS 67203-3833
United States
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