Why inverted? Because when TWA received the plane – as a gift from its employees – they wanted a livery that said to the employees and public alike: TWA was reinventing itself from the inside out.
What’s next for TWA Wings of Pride?
In August, TriStar Experience shared that they intended to use TWA Wings of Pride for STEM (science, technology, education, math) educational programs. As of October of 2015, the all-volunteer organization has fulfilled that commitment through partnership with other non-profits supporting various young adult programs.
The plane is being maintained in air-worthy condition and the organization is eyeing the possibility of flight-based programs. With operational jet aircraft, TriStar can also support the charitable missions of other non-profits needing access to air travel. While the organization has so far delivered on all of its promises, it is not yet commenting on timelines for flight programs, which one could speculate might include honor flights.
TriStar is a late entrant to the KC-based aviation non-profit market, which is becoming crowded. Other key players include the National Airline History Museum and TWA Museum, all three operating separately, with a presence at the small downtown KC airport, MKC. However, TriStar has made considerable progress in the few years they have been in operation.
In addition to TWA Wings of Pride, TriStar also has a BAC 1-11 and an L-1011. Neither are accessible to the public just yet, but the organization intends to use the success of WoP’s programs as a springboard for continued growth.
Bye bye:( Our AA 727 today begins a trip to a new home at another museum in Kansas City. pic.twitter.com/qRLcl81KOI
The Museum of Flight (@museumofflight) March 28, 2015
With TriStar’s growth and success, can we then assume that they might be the mystery Kansas City-based entity to receive the Museum of Flight’s second 727? The National Airline History Museum denied knowledge of the plane’s future at KC, and with the 727 serving its entire life with American Airlines, it isn’t a likely fit for the TWA Museum. For the moment, there remain many open questions, but one thing is for sure. It’s an exciting time to be a KC-based AvGeek.