Kansas Wesleyan gives vintage spy camera to aviation museum
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Wesleyan University has donated Cold War-era spy equipment to the Kansas Aviation Museum.
The school said this week that David Silverman, associate professor of communication at Kansas Wesleyan, delivered a 1950s aerial reconnaissance camera to the museum in Wichita.
The camera, a Fairchild K-37, originally was donated to the Kansas State College in 1959. It sat mostly forgotten until a recent move to clear out storage areas prompted Silverman to seek a museum to display it.
Museum archivist David Moreno says the camera likely was used during the Cold War on RB-57 Canberras for nighttime aerial reconnaissance flights, possibly at Schilling Air Force Base in Salina.
The camera, valued at more than $2,500, is part of a collection of aerial reconnaissance cameras the museum hopes to display.