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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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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Multiple Venues

With more than 1,600 acres and 26 venues to choose from, we are sure to show you a space that will make your vision come to life. Our unique atmosphere is sure to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.

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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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Rare WWII Nose Art Exhibit

More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual WWII combat aircraft are making their first-ever trip outside their home museum to EAA.

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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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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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Skyscape Theater Royale

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

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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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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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Ultralight Day

On Saturday, June 20, members of EAA Ultralight Chapters 1, 75, and 1331 will fly their ultralights and light-planes to Pioneer Airport to showcase what fun flying is all about. Get up close and learn more about this fun, affordable segment of aviation.

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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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EAA Hall of Fame Banquet

Join us as we honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame on Thursday, November 5, 2015, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and homebuilding.

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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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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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1940 North American P-64/NA-50 - N840

Location: Eagle Hangar

The North American P-64 is often referred to by Warbird lovers as an “export fighter version of the AT-6 Texan”, North American’s ubiquitous WWII trainer. In actuality, the P-64 is similar to, but not the same as the AT-6. The most significant differences include a shorter wing, the aircraft length, and a more powerful engine. The parts for these aircraft, though similar, are not interchangeable.

On September 1, 1940, Lewis Waite piloted the P-64 on its first flight. By that time, North American had already built many successful trainers, was building the B-25 Mitchell which became a very successful twin-engine bomber, but had not had much success with their fighter designs. Their fighter efforts would dramatically change with the design of the P-51 Mustang. North American’s model NA-50 (also NA-50A and NA-68), later classified by the USAAF as the P-64, was designed to be a less expensive fighter for export.

The museum’s P-64 has an interesting past. One story has it that as one of the aircraft designated for shipment to Siam, the plane was in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. When Siam fell to the Japanese, the aircraft was confiscated by the US Army under provisions of the Neutrality Act, returned to the US and assigned to a training command. Air Force records show the aircraft was acquired directly from NAA, shipped to McClellan Field in California where it was received on April 16, 1941. Regardless of how and when it arrived, it was there in 1943 that Col. Hoyt obtained it for his personal use. Jack Canary, a North American Field Service Rep stationed there, was approached by Col. Hoyt concerning the feasibility of an engine change. Hoyt and Canary determined the change was possible which resulted in the slightly different cowling lines of this aircraft. Canary was then transferred and lost track of the aircraft.

At the end of the war, Col. Hoyt was flying the plane to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for disposal when engine trouble forced him down at Demming AFB. The plane was repaired and continued on to Albuquerque. As luck would have it, Jack Canary was in Albuquerque looking for T-6s when he spied the P-64 in the scrap line. He purchased the plane for $800 and it became a part of his Phoenix charter business in 1946. It was painted a snappy red with black trim and used for stunt work and publicity.

In 1949, the aircraft was sold to Charles Barnes and then to the Mexican Light and Power Company for cloud seeding duty. More modifications were made to the plane in addition to those made by Jack Canary. A Wright R1820-60 engine was installed to raise the service ceiling. During 1953, the P-64 could be seen operating from Sky Harbor Airport.

From 1954 until 1964 the history of the aircraft is rather vague. Then in 1963, it caught the eye of Paul Poberezny, President of the EAA, while he was visiting Ray Stits at the Flabob Airport in Riverside, California. By this time, the aircraft had been painted in its present blue and yellow with red and white trim scheme. John Hoak was the owner of the plane and negotiations were initiated to purchase the P-64. Once the sale was concluded, Paul arrived in May of 1964 to ferry the aircraft back to Milwaukee. Ray Stits and his sons prepared the plane for flight with great diligence. Paul was quite concerned how the machine would perform after standing idle for such a long time. After takeoff, backfiring caused Poberezny to abort the flight. He decided to leave the aircraft in California for further repairs and in June of 1964, Bob Dentice delivered the P-64 to Milwaukee. A complete overhaul, under the supervision of Norm Poberezny and Michael Terlizzi, was undertaken to return the plane to tip-top flying condition.

The only survivor of the six Siam bound P-64’s is now on display in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Aircraft researched by EAA volunteers John Gates and Tom Lymburn


37 ft. 3 in.


26 ft. 11 in.

Wing Area

236.09 sq. ft.

Empty Weight

4,470 lbs.

Loaded Weight

5,700 lbs.

Maximum Speed

295 mph at 9,500 ft.

Cruising speed

255 mph at 16,500 ft.

Climb to 10,000 ft.

3 min.

Service Ceiling

32,000 ft.

Range (normal)

645 mi.

Range (overload)

910 mi.

Power Plant

Wright GR-1820-G203 Cyclone