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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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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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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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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1930 Pietenpol Air Camper - N12937

Location: Homebuilts

The Pietenpol Air Camper is a two-place, tandem seat, open cockpit plans-built monoplane. A Ford Model A 4 cylinder engine converted for flight powers the aircraft. This is a wood aircraft constructed from spruce and plywood. All fittings are fabricated from steel flat stock. The motor mount, landing gear and wing struts require welding. The Air Camper was intentionally designed to be simply constructed with a minimum of tools. The wings are covered with fabric and varnished. Bernard Pietenpol designed the plane so that the average person in the 1930s could build and fly it from almost any off-airport field. Even after seven decades, there are still loyal followers of the Pietenpol designs, building and flying low and slow open cockpit aircraft and having a great time doing it.

The Pietenpol Air Camper, N12937, is a tribute to the Golden Age of General Aviation starting in the 1920’s and continuing into the present. The plane and the man, Bernard H. Pietenpol (1901-1984) are flip sides of the same coin. Pietenpol had a dream to design a home-built airplane that would use commonly available materials and be powered by an auto engine, one that could be built for a few hundred dollars. Old number 12937, “The Granddaddy Pietenpol Air Camper”, was built in 1933 by Mr. Pietenpol and is considered the oldest existing Pietenpol-built aircraft in existence. In 1990, members of the Buckeye Pietenpol Assn. saved Air Camper N12937 from extinction by forming a corporation to preserve and display this important airplane.

The Air Camper has some interesting design features. Because of the downward thrust of the propeller, (the engine is angled downward 5 degrees) the plane has a short/slow take off run and landings are light on wheels. The beauty of the Air Camper design is that except for engine changes, more than 60 different engines have been adapted for use on the airplane, the basic plans behind the firewall do not need to change. This aircraft was the first to use the split axle landing gear and was the basis for the 1933 Improved Air Camper plan drawings by Orin Hoopman. Prior to that time, there were no formal drawings for the Air Camper except those published in 1932 Flying and Glider Manual.

The Air Camper came into its own as a home-built-from-scratch airplane in 1932 when Pietenpol proved to Modern Mechanics magazine that an auto engine could power a two-place airplane. Modern Mechanics then made the Pietenpol Air Camper a cover story and the rest is aviation history.

In 1994, Bernard H. Pietenpol was inducted into the EAA Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in designing a homebuilt aircraft and fostering the “scratch-built” airplane industry. In fact, Pietenpol is considered by many to be the “Father of Homebuilt Aircraft.”

Aircraft researched by EAA volunteer Jerry Kenney

N12937 was built by B. H. Pietenpol and the first of the “improved” models that used a split axle landing gear. It’s primary construction material is wood with metal fittings, covered with fabric and finished with dope. The following specifications are form 1933 Pietenpol sales materials.

Seating

2-Place Tandem - Open Cockpit

Color

Orange/Black

Wing Span

29 ft.

Empty Weight

610 lbs.

Gross Weight

1000 lbs.

Powerplant

Model A Ford (Fuel & Oil systems adapted for an airplane)

Maximum Speed

90 mph

Cruise Speed

70 mph

Landing Speed

40 mph

Original Air Camper Plans Specifications

Engine:

Ford Model A (Over 30 types of engines have been adapted by builders)

Length Overall:

17 ft. 8 in.

Height Overall:

6 ft. 6 in.

Wing Span:

29 ft.

Wing Chord:

5 ft.

Wing Area

135 sq. ft.

Gross Weight:

995 lbs.

Empty Weight:

610 lbs.

Useful Load:

385 lbs.

Payload w/10 gal. fuel:

325 lbs.

With Pietenpol wood propeller:

 

Maximum Speed:

100 mph

Cruise Speed:

90 mph

Climb Light Load:

Over 500 ft. first minute

Climb Full Load:

Over 200 ft. first minute

Landing Speed

40 mph

Fuel Capacity:

10 –18 gal.

Oil Capacity:

N/A

Service Ceiling

N/A

Cruising Range:

N/A