Haysville’s Tim Norton to lead Kansas Aviation Museum

Tim Norton had a visible role as Admiral WIndwagon Smith in 2018. The former Haysville mayor and Sedgwick County Commissioner will now head the Kansas Aviation Museum.

By Sam Jack
Haysville Sun-Times

The Kansas Aviation Museum has named Tim Norton as its new executive director.

A Haysville resident, Norton previously served on the Sedgwick County Commission and as Haysville’s mayor. He was named the Wichita River Festival’s Admiral Windwagon Smith in 2018.

“You can’t live in Wichita and not have a real appreciation for the history of aviation in our community and the impact it has had on families, the economy, and the sense of civic pride it has had for generations,” Norton said. “I am excited to be involved in creating a world-class institution that showcases the people, the companies, the workers and the community that earned the title ‘Air Capital of the World.’”

The museum’s board approached Norton about taking on the executive director role. When he starts his new job on Sept. 3, he will become the seventh executive director in 11 years.

“I wasn’t looking to come out of retirement, but this intrigued me,” Norton said. “I think it’s a place where maybe I could make a difference. … I’ve visited with the board, visited with staff, talking about where the museum goes and how I can help hit the ground running with what they need.”

The Kansas Aviation Museum is housed in Wichita’s first airport terminal, 3350 S. George Washington Blvd., Wichita. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.