Pioneer Airport

From May through October, Pioneer Airport gives visitors a unique “living history” re-creation of what airports were like during the early days of air travel. It brings back a time when the magic of flying astounded and charmed the whole world.

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Group Rates

Enjoy discounted group rates for adults, seniors, and children. Group tour pricing can be extended to groups of 10 or more. For student groups, 1 chaperone/teacher for every 8 children/students is free.

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Member Swap Day

Members of EAA, Paine Art Center or Oshkosh Public Museum will be able to enjoy free admission to all of three of these Oshkosh-area museums on Sunday, July 6. 
Explore world-class attractions in your own backyard!

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Eagle Hangar

The Eagle Hangar is a hall of honor dedicated to the memory of those who served during World War II. The airplanes include examples of Allied fighters, bombers, liaison aircraft, trainers, Army and Navy aircraft, plus examples from Germany and Japan.

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School Programs

Aviation is a fun, exciting, and stimulating subject, making the EAA AirVenture Museum an ideal environment for learning! Our school programs are each intended for a range of student ages and group sizes. 

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Fergus Chapel

A quaint, old-time chapel located next to a quiet pond – the perfect backdrop for beautiful pictures – the Fergus Chapel provides an intimate setting for weddings, baptisms, or memorial services.

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Young Eagles Flights

Ever wondered what your neighborhood looks like from the sky? If you’re nodding your head “Yes” and are between the ages of 8 and 17, you’re ready to take a free Young Eagles flight from EAA's Pioneer Airport and see what real pilots do on the ground and in the air.

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1918 Curtiss JN4D 'Jenny'

In many ways, the Curtiss Jenny could be considered the Model T of the skies. Roughly a contemporary of Ford’s famous auto, the Jenny would eventually help to establish the practical reality of American aviation.

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Photograph Collections

The EAA library’s photographic collection has something for everyone. Beginning with the Wright Brothers and continuing into the space age, the photo archives are an invaluable resource. The photo archive has more than 100,000 images of aircraft and the people that made them famous.

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Founders Wing

Established to preserve EAA’s history and culture, the Founders Wing showcases Paul and Audrey Poberezny’s personal collection of letters, pictures, artifacts, media clippings, and so much more.

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Timeless Voices Archives

Aviation’s history is made up of many remarkable people, from the best-known aviation personalities to those who contributed to the development of aviation in their communities. Search database for hundreds of aviators sharing their personal stories.

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Donate Your Aircraft

Add to EAA’s diverse aircraft collection for aviation enthusiasts to enjoy! EAA AirVenture Museum follows a set of procedures to assess airplanes that are offered as donations to our collection.

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1941 XP-51 Mustang

The North American P-51 Mustang was the most successful, most versatile fighter of World War II (1939-1945). Designed in 1940 for Britain, the first prototype XP-51 was finished in just 117 days. The Allison-powered P-51A was dubbed “Mustang, Mk. 1” by the British and first deployed in tactical reconnaissance in the spring of 1942.

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1903 Wright Flyer Replica

The full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ historic 1903 “Flyer” - the first true airplane - is a centerpiece in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s collection. It stands as a tribute to the birth of aviation and to the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright and their mechanic, Charlie Taylor.

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1938 Wittman Buttercup

Steve Wittman designed and built Buttercup in 1938 and, over the years, it has featured a variety of innovations including - tapered rod landing gear, variable camber wings with full span leading edge and slotted trailing edge flaps.

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1959 P-5 'Pober Sport'

Paul Poberezny first penciled a sketch of the Pober Sport during the summer of 1956. With a little help from his wife and brother, Paul began building the Sport with a Baby Ace fuselage and J-3 landing gear. Other EAA members pitched in to help Paul build his latest aircraft.

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SpaceShipOne

The exhibit uses dramatic sound and lighting effects, as well as rare video footage - some never seen in public - to tell the story of a mission into space aboard SpaceShipOne. During this journey, SpaceShipOne demonstrates a key technological breakthrough conceived by spacecraft designer Burt Rutan, a longtime EAA member.

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1949 Taylor Aerocar

EAA’s rebuilt prototype of the classic Aerocar represents a revolutionary concept. Not only can it be readily converted from an airplane to a roadable car, but also its wings can be folded back along the sides of the detached fuselage and towed behind the automobile like a trailer.

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Spirit of St. Louis Replica

EAA has constructed two Spirit of St. Louis replica aircraft to honor Charles Lindbergh and his aviation achievements. This replica was built in 1977 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Between 1977 and 1988, that aircraft accumulated more than 1,300 hours of flight time.

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1977 Christen Eagle II

The Christen Eagle was designed by Frank Christensen, founder of Christen Industries. Frank was an aerobatic pilot and manager of the U.S. Aerobatic Team that won the 1972 World Aerobatic Championship. The Christen Eagle II combined professional design with factory quality parts. The resulting kit raised the bar for aircraft kit manufacturers.

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F-22 Raptor Gallery

The centerpiece of KidVenture is the Raptor Gallery, which contains 16 interactive exhibits focusing on the world's most advanced airplane, the F-22 Raptor. It includes a half-scale model of the F-22 where young people can climb into the cockpit. 

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Soaring For Success Speaker Series

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a one-hour long presentation, enjoy a continental breakfast, and gain profitable business knowledge from industry experts!

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Skyscape Theater Royale

Come one, come all to the EAA Skyscape Theatre Royale for an old-time aviation movie series on the second Tuesday of each month. Travel back in time and experience the golden age of cinema.

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EAA Hall of Fame Banquet

Each November, EAA welcomes and honors five new members to its Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. Representing Homebuilders, Warbirds of America, International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, and Ultralights, each year’s inductees capture the spirit of EAA and its community.

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Christmas in the Air

Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas in the Air, a free community event for all ages held in December. This widely popular event features holiday performances by local more than 20 musical, choral, and dance groups on four stages. Don’t miss the arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter, after which he will visit with children!

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Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet

Commemorate the anniversary of the first powered flight with a very special keynote speaker at the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet in December. Honoring the spirit and achievements of the Wright Brothers is a tradition at EAA. 


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Skiplane Fly-In

See dozens of skiplanes fly in to the snow-covered runway of Pioneer Airport at February's Skiplane Fly-In, which showcases this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America. The Skiplane Fly-In is free of charge to the public.

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Hops & Props

Spend an evening sampling more than 250 extraordinary beverages from around the world at Hops & Props, a fine food and beverage-tasting event held annually in March. Micro-breweries and distributors are on hand to teach you about the brewing process and history, and help you become a discerning beverage taster.

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Family Flight Fest

Discover the exciting world of aviation with an interactive, educational experience at Family Flight Fest held during a weekend in the spring. The museum’s younger visitors enjoy a variety of aviation-related activities that educate and spark their curiosity in flight.


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September Swing

Relive the excitement and glamour of the 1940s at September Swing! Learn to swing dance (or practice your skills) and then dance the night away amid the Eagle Hangar’s authentic collection of World War II planes, vehicles, and artifacts. Great music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and 1940s fun make up this exciting event.


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1918 Curtiss JN4D 'Jenny'

Location: Antiques & Classics

In many ways, the Curtiss Jenny could be considered the Model T of the skies. Roughly a contemporary of Ford’s famous auto, the Jenny would eventually help to establish the practical reality of American aviation.

The Jenny was the first aircraft purchased in quantity by the American military, and consequently was the first mass-produced American aircraft. Used to train over ninety percent of American pilots during WWI, it played a key role at the beginning of what would become the most powerful air force on Earth.

Before 1927, the Jenny would also be the first aircraft many American’s would ever see close up, let alone fly in. Post-war surplus Jennies, bought by enterprising barnstormers, flew across rural America to sell rides, thrill spectators, and inspire young pilots-to-be. It would have been rare indeed to find an American pilot that had not flown in the Jenny. Charles Lindbergh’s first aircraft was a Jenny bought in 1923 for $500.

The Jenny began as a combination of two aircraft: the model J, designed by the British engineer, B. Douglas Thomas, under contract to Glenn Curtiss; and the model N, which was a similar design under parallel development. Both were developed as two-seat tractor aircraft, powered by the new Curtiss OX-5 engine.

With the best features of the J and N models combined, the American Army began ordering Jennies in December 1914, under the official designation JN2. The “Jenny” nickname followed, derived from the JN designation prefix.

First used by the Army Signal Corps in 1916 for tactical operations in Mexico against Pancho Villa, the Jenny design was subsequently upgraded and given the designation JN3.

The British Royal Navy ordered the upgraded Jenny for use as a primary trainer, and Curtiss opened another factory to meet the demand. Further design changes resulted in the JN4 and JN4-A models, which were sold to the U.S. Air Service, the U.S. Navy, the British Royal Flying Corp and the British Navy.

Design changes continued, resulting in several JN designations: a Canadian licensed built JN-4 known as the “Canuk”, a JN4-B, which had some success in the civilian market, and one experimental JN4-C. In 1917, one month after America entered WWI, the definitive version of the Jenny was introduced as the JN4-D.

Wartime demand totally overwhelmed Curtiss’ production capacity. Along with Canadian production, six other American companies were contracted to share the load: Fowler Airplane Corporation, Liberty Iron Works, Springfield Aircraft Corporation, St. Louis Aircraft Corporation, U.S. Aircraft Corporation, and Howell & Lesser.

During the Great War, Jenny’s were modified in numerous ways to perform various roles, some resulting in further designations such as: N-9, JN4-H, JN4-HT, and JN4-HB. The JN4-H models featured 150 HP Hispano-Suiza engines replacing the 90 HP OX-5 (a welcome upgrade for the seriously under-powered Jenny). While designed and used primarily as a trainer, the Jenny also saw service as a reconnaissance, bomber, ground attack, seaplane, and fighter aircraft.

Flight instruction in the Jenny was completed in about 50 hours over the course of six to eight weeks. Training began in the front seat, with between four to 10 hours of dual seat instruction (with the instructor sitting in back screaming directions over the roar of the engine). Soloing moved the student into the back seat – the Jenny was always soloed from the back. After 24 hours of flying solo, followed by 16 hours cross-country, training was complete.

In its intended role as a primary trainer, the JN4-D is said to have performed well (although it also has been said, “If you can fly the Jenny, you can fly anything!”). It had a maximum speed of around 75 mph, and cruised about 10 mph less, with a landing speed of about 40 mph. It had relatively sluggish handling characteristics, with a virtually non-existent rate of climb (a blistering 200 feet per minute). Stall recovery was tricky and used up a great deal of altitude, and its OX-5 engine was often rough-running and unreliable. Consequently, about 20% of all Jenny’s built were destroyed during flight training.

More than 6,000 Jenny’s were ultimately produced, but at war’s end, military orders were abruptly terminated. However, public demand for surplus aircraft was high. At thirteen cents on the dollar, Curtiss bought $20 million worth of Jennies back from the U.S. government, refurbished, and resold them.

Jennies, along with a host of associated after-market parts and services, flooded a lucrative civil market. Along with the barnstormers roaming the countryside, Jennies found their way into several industries, including transportation, airmail, forest service, surveying, and many others. American civil aviation boomed.

Up through the early 1920s, Jennies became extremely popular and widely available, especially when air services began selling surplus Jennies. Private owners also sold Jennies amongst themselves, sometimes for as little as $50. However, around 1925 as improved aircraft designs became available, the popularity of the Jenny began to decline.

In 1926, the Air Commerce Act was passed, and the era of the Curtiss Jenny drew to a close. The Jenny in commercial use simply could not meet safety requirements. For a time, some continued to fly under grandfather clauses, but annual inspections eventually grounded the remaining aircraft.

Aircraft researched by EAA volunteer Bob Mueller

GENERAL DIMENSIONS:

 

Wing Span, Upper

43 ft. 7 3/8 in.

Wing Span, Lower

33 ft. 11 1/4 in.

Chord Depth

59 1/2 in.

Gap between Planes

60 in.

Stagger

16 in.

Length

27 ft. 4 in.

Height

9 ft. 10 5/8 in.

Normal Angle of Incidence of Panels

2 degree

Dihedral

1 degree

Sweepback

0 degrees

Angle of Incidence of Horizontal Stabilizer

0 degrees

WEIGHTS/CAPACITIES:

 

Net Weight, Empty

1430 lbs.

Gross Weight, Loaded

1920 lbs.

Useful Load

490 lbs.

Fuel (21 U.S. gals.)

130.0 lbs.

Oil (4 U.S. gals. in engine crankcase)

30.0 lbs.

Pilot

165.0 lbs.

Passenger

165.0 lbs.

Loading per sq. ft. Supporting Surface

5.45 lbs.

Loading per R.H.P

21.35 lbs.

PERFORMANCE:

 

Speed, maximum, Horizontal Flight

75 mph

Speed, minimum, Horizontal Flight

45 mph

Climb in 10 minutes

2000 ft.

Ceiling

about 10,000 ft.

POWERPLANT:

 

Model OX-5, Vee, Four-Stroke Cycle, 8-cylinder, water cooled.

 

Horsepower (rated at 1400 R.P.M.)

90

Weight per R.H.P

4.33 lbs.

Bore and Stroke

4 in. x 5 in.

Fuel Consumption per hr.

9 gals.

Fuel Consumption per B.H.P. per hr.

0.60 lbs.

Oil Consumption per B.H.P. per hr.

0.03 lbs