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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1930 Spartan C3-225 - NC718N

Location: Antiques & Classics

Existing log books only go back to the third owner of NC718N, C.L. Sloan of Memphis, Texas, but we know from FAA records that the first owner of the airplane was the Haliburton Oil Well Cementing Co. of Duncan, OK which purchased it July 26, 1930. Yes, this was a forerunner of the Haliburton corporation of today. Like many aircraft at that time, it was likely used to transport company officials between offices and job sites.

On December 8, 1934, Haliburton sold NC718N to Edward F. Booth, Inc., based at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. This was an aircraft dealership founded in 1932 by Army flyer “Doc” Booth that became Southwest Airmotive in 1940 and is now Aviall, Inc. It was six months later, on June 22, 1935, that C.L. Sloan acquired the Spartan. In August that year he flew NC718N to Denver, Colorado where Western Flying Service performed some maintenance work before he returned to Texas twenty days later.

It was overhauled by Spartan in January 1936 and by March 10 was back in the ownership of Spartan, but this time at the Spartan School of Aeronautics. Two months later it belonged to the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, Oklahoma. Most of the flying there seems to have been done by a J.L. Fletcher.

The next owner, John J. Armbruster, kept NC718N in Claremore at Will Rogers Airport when he bought it June 14, 1940 through his company, Union Cotton Oil Co. of Prague, Oklahoma. But it moved almost immediately on July 18, 1940, when it was sold to Burnham and Miller Flying Service in Omaha, Nebraska where the flying was done by L.D. Miller.

The Spartan stayed in Omaha when it was sold May 1, 1942, to James A. Davis and Oliver V. Tyler, Jr. Burnham-Miller Flying Service continued to hold a mortgage on it during this time. On October 6th, James A. Davis became the sole owner and the plane was transferred that same day back to Burnham-Miller Flying Service. James Davis obviously had some connection to Burnham-Miller but whether it was as an employee or an owner isn’t clear. The logs do show that he continued to initial the daily inspection reports through March of 1944.

Early in its time at Omaha the Spartan helped in the war effort as there are entries where the Nature of Flight is noted as C.P.T. (Civilian Pilot Training). These flights were piloted by a W.B. (possibly the Burnham of Burnham and Miller?).

The log adds some mystery to the story here as there is a note across one page reading “Bought Plane from Burnham & Miller 6-2-43 – Total Time 1909:50” and the initials of James A. Davis reappear. This transaction doesn’t show in the paperwork, so possibly Burnham and Miller retained ownership while Davis paid for the plane.

Thomas Doryland, Carl E. Bishop and Tasker B. Sherill in Lincoln, Nebraska became co-owners on March 8, 1944. Two months later on June 21, Thomas Doryland became the sole owner. In 1948, he had the Spartan modified for banner towing. He towed banners near Lincoln on ten occasions before flying the aircraft for the last time in May 1953.

Sometime later the Spartan was disassembled and stored in a barn where it resided for forty-nine years until 2002.

That was when J. Patrick McNamara of Superflite Aircraft Covering and Finishing Systems in Granite City, Illinois purchased NC718N at an auction held by Starman Bros. Auctions of Papillion, Nebraska. Superflite, which has been in the aircraft finishing business since 1949, was looking for a project to showcase their products and methods. Patrick thought the vintage biplane would be a perfect canvas.

Randy Long of Long's Aircraft Service in Coleman, Texas, was contracted to do the restoration. With the help of Jay Dalton and Corey Townson he completed the ground up restoration between November 2003 and July 2004. During the process Coker Tire Co. manufactured the 30x5 inch smooth tread tires, Keystone Instruments, Inc. re-certified all the instruments, Holloway overhauled the original engine, Steen Aero Labs provided new flying and landing wires, and San Antonio Propeller overhauled the propeller. The banner towing equipment was removed. The fuselage was sandblasted and epoxy coated. All the wood was stained and varnished. New cables, hardware, glass and hoses were used and, a new stainless steel firewall was fabricated.

The fuselage had last been recovered in 1936 by Spartan using Grade A cotton and dope, and the horizontal stabilizers and elevators were again recovered in 1947. All this was replaced by Dacron fabric finished using Superflite’s System VI urethane covering system which provides a “wet look” finish.

The result was impressive enough for the Spartan to garner a Silver Age Champion Lindy Award at AirVenture 2004. In September 2005, Superflite donated NC718N to the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Powerplant

Wright R-760 (J-6-7) "Whirlwind Seven" 225 hp @ 2,000 rpm

Propeller

Hamilton-Standard H-5149-M (hub) with

HB-1219 (blades)

Length

23 ft. 2 in.

Height

8 ft. 10 in.

Wingspan

32 ft.

Wing Area

151 sq. ft. (upper)

140 sq. ft. (lower)

Chord

60 in.

Airfoil

Clark Y

Tread width

83 in.

Wing loading

9.29 lbs./sq.ft.

Power loading

11.2 lbs./hp

Empty weight

1,741 lbs. (1930)

1,786 lbs. (1941) 1,789 lbs. (1948)

Gross weight

2,700 lbs.

Useful load

959 lbs. (1930)

964 lbs.

Payload

380 lbs. (1930)

Baggage

6.8 cu. ft. & 40 lbs.

Fuel Capacity

60 gal. (45 wing, 15 fuselage)

Oil Capacity

6.5 gal.

Maximum Speed

132.7 mph

Cruise Speed

110 mph

Landing Speed

52 mph

Rate of Climb

1,160 fpm @ sl

Service Ceiling

15,100 ft.

Range

460 mi.

Fuel consumption

13.5 gal./hr @ Cruise

Operating cost (1930)

14.2 cents/mile

Price (1930)

$7,750.00