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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1934 Wittman D-12 'Bonzo' - N13688 (N4486E)

Location: Air Racing & Aerobatics

Sylvester Wittman (1904-1995), known as “Witt” or “Steve” to his friends, was one of the greatest—possibly the greatest—pylon (closed-course) air race pilot in history. Between 1926 and 1989, he competed in and won more air races than anyone else. He built some of the world’s most successful race airplanes. He designed and patented the spring landing gear later used in Cessna airplanes. He and Bill Brennand effectively invented Formula Vee (Volkswagen-powered) air racing. The airport at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, site of the world’s largest aviation convention, bears his name.

Wittman learned to fly in 1924, in a surplus Standard J-1 biplane he bought with a friend. He entered his first air race two years later in Milwaukee, and he first competed in the National Air Races in Florida in 1928. In 1931, he moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to operate the Oshkosh airport. There, he designed and built “Chief Oshkosh,” his first homebuilt racer. With engines ranging from 90 to 150 horsepower, Chief Oshkosh won many races between 1931 and 1937 and placed “in the money” in many others, often competing against much more powerful aircraft. In 1937 Wittman piloted the Chief to a world record for its class, of 238.22 mph.

In 1934, Wittman set his sights on the famed Thompson Trophy Race, a pylon race for aircraft of unlimited size and power. Without any formal training in aeronautics, Witt designed and built Bonzo, specifically for the Thompson Trophy Race. The design was dictated by the engine and Wittman’s choice of engine was dictated by his lack of funds. He chose an obsolete Curtiss D-12 engine, the same type as was used in Curtiss-Schneider Trophy Race winners in the mid-1920s. Wittman’s race plane designs emphasized light weight rather than sophisticated streamlining. Bonzo’s fuselage was no larger than it had to be to hold the big V-12 engine, giving it an odd, angular look that the race press called “a flying barn door.” The wings, built of wood, did not have the strong, heavy plywood skins typical of race planes of the day. Instead, Wittman spaced the wing ribs twice as close together as in normal wing construction. With a doped fabric skin, the extra ribs gave the wings the strength needed at race speeds.

In its first Thompson Trophy Race—1935—Bonzo finished second behind Harold Neumann flying “Mr. Mulligan.” Flying Bonzo cross-country to the 1936 National Air Races in Los Angeles, Wittman landed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where an engine backfire set Bonzo on fire. The fire was quickly put out but Bonzo was damaged too much to compete that year. A year later, at the 1937 Thompson Trophy Race, Wittman flew a rebuilt Bonzo to the fastest qualifying time—more than 275 miles per hour. He led the field for 18 of the race’s 20 laps, until a rough engine forced him to throttle back and finish in fifth place. In the 1938 National Air Races, Wittman and Bonzo placed third and in 1939, in the last Thompson race before WW II, Wittman and Bonzo placed fifth. Throughout its racing career, Bonzo faced competitors with more horsepower and more financial backing, yet Bonzo remained a serious and respected adversary among unlimited pylon racers. In its final configuration, Bonzo could achieve 325 miles per hour—faster than the fastest U.S. military fighter planes of the day—on just 485 horsepower.

When unlimited air racing resumed after WWII, it was dominated by modified WWII fighter aircraft. The days of the homebuilt racer were gone and Bonzo retired. Wittman continued racing and winning in a variety of airplanes until his retirement in 1989 at age 85.

Bonzo was donated by Steve Wittman and restored in 1982 for permanent display in the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Wing Span

17 ft. 2 in.

Length

22 ft. 2 in.

Seats

1

Empty Weight

1,650 lbs.

Gross Weight

2,470 lbs.

Engine

Curtiss D-12 Challenger, 485 hp

Top Speed

325 mph

Cruise Speed

250 mph

Stall Speed

85 mph