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 each Tuesday of the 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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1944 North American F-51D Mustang - N3451D

Location: Eagle Hangar

In 1939, with the shadows of World War II covering Europe, the British Royal Air Force began looking for a new plane to increase its fighter strength. The R.A.F. approached North American Aviation with a request to build Curtiss P-40s. North American responded with an offer to build a completely new fighter incorporating the latest aerodynamic refinements and using the same Allison engine as the P-40. This marked the birth of the North American Mustang.

Ironically, one of the key North American designers was a German named Edgar Schmued. It has been mistakenly reported that Schmued had been part of Willy Messerschmitt’s design group, but he never worked for any German aircraft company.

The prototype NA-73 was assembled in a remarkable 102 days. However, the engine was not ready until several weeks later. The new plane’s first flight took place on October 26, 1940.

During the design of the NA-73, the U.S. Army requested that two planes be delivered for evaluation. When these aircraft were received, the NA-73 name was changed to XP-51. For a brief period, the Army called this aircraft the “Apache”, but then changed the name to “Mustang”.

The P-51 was immediately recognized for superb performance at low altitudes. Tests at Boscombe Down in Britain, however, revealed it quickly ran out of power above 10,000 feet. This lack of performance at high altitudes severely restricted the plane’s use for escort and interception work. A Rolls-Royce test pilot, Ronald Harker, was among the first to conclude that what the Mustang needed to realize its full potential was the “Merlin” engine. Calculations by engineers at R-R suggested that speeds over 440 mph at 25,000 feet could be achieved using the Merlin 61 (high altitude version). Some reports of the history of this incident argue that it was known from the start the Allison engine would only provide good performance below 15,000 feet and the R-R Merlin engine would be eventually needed.

During the winter of 1942-43, R-R pilots test flew the Mustang “X” and sent their data back to North American, which became the basis for production of Merlin Mustangs, designated P-51B. Packard was licensed to build the Merlin engine in the United States.

The P-51B and the P-51C are identical. The “C” designation was for aircraft built at the Dallas plant. A major re-design, which included the teardrop canopy and other improvements, led to the P-51D.

The final production type, the P-51H, incorporated changes that made it the fastest production version with a maximum speed of 487 mph at 25,000 feet.

The P-51 was one of the first fighters to use a laminar-flow airfoil, which became standard on most later, high performance fighters. This wing design, along with the low drag airframe, resulted in very high speeds. In addition, a large fuel capacity, coupled with external (drop) fuel tanks, allowed the Mustang a range of almost 2,000 miles, making it possible to escort bombers all the way from England to Germany.

A total of 14,855 Mustangs were delivered to the U.S. Army. Mustangs powered by the “Merlin” engine are often said to be one of the best propeller driven fighters ever built. Although originally designed as a fighter, Mustangs were also used as dive-bombers, bomber escorts, ground attackers, interceptors, trainers and for photo-recon. Some planes became high performance racers after World War II.

On June 11, 1948, the U.S. Army Air Force introduced a new designation system that resulted in the P-51D becoming the F-51D.

Initially designed in 1939, Mustangs continued in military service long after World War II and Korea. The official end of military service came in May, 1984 when Dominica sold its last nine Mustangs and spare parts to a civilian in Florida.

The F-51D in the EAA collection was manufactured in 1944. Its original designation was P-51D-30NA, its serial number is 44-75007N and its registration number is N3451D. It was acquired by the EAA in 1977 and flew until it was retired to the museum’s Eagle Hangar in 2003.

Aircraft researched by EAA volunteer George Arnold

Length

32 ft. 3 in.

Height

13 ft. 8 in.

Wingspan

37 ft. 0 in.

Maximum Speed

487 mph. at 25,000 ft.

Cruising Speed

275 mph.

Engine

12-cylinder Rolls-Royce (Packard) V-1650-7, 1,612 hp

Top Speed

436 mph

Empty Weight

7,125 lbs.

Normal Gross Weight

10,100 lbs.

Internal Fuel Capacity

105 gal.

Service Ceiling

42,000 ft.

Range without auxiliary tanks

950 miles

Armament

Six .50-caliber machine guns, 2,000 pounds of bombs