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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1945 Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair

Location: Eagle Hangar

The Museum’s F4U-4, built in 1945, seems to have spent most of its military career in mothballs. Accepted by the U.S. Navy in October 1945, this Corsair went straight into storage until 1949. It was used as a trainer at several Naval Air Stations between 1949 and 1955, then disappeared from Navy records until 1966, when it was sold to a private owner. It was used as a show plane and racer until 1974, then not flown again until 1982, when it was donated and flown to the EAA Museum. The EAA spent 12 years restoring this aircraft, unveiling it in May 1994. It is now on permanent display in the AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar.

Its markings are those of a Corsair flown by Marine Corps Captain Kenneth Walsh, who was the first Corsair “ace”—the first to make five official aerial “kills” in a Corsair. Walsh scored a total of 21 air victories flying Corsairs in the Pacific Theater Operations.

Corsair History

The gull-winged F4U-4 Corsair was one of the finest fighter-bomber aircraft produced during WW II. It stood at the summit of piston-engine fighter technology and development, and it was a formidable weapon from the closing months of WWII through the Korean Conflict (1951-53). Though the first F4U-4s only reached front-line units in early 1944, they compiled an impressive combat record against Japanese air, land, and sea forces. In Korea, the Corsair was outclassed as a fighter (though it shot down at least one Chinese MiG-15 jet fighter), and it was used mostly as a ground-attack fighter/bomber. Its speed and ruggedness, and its huge bomb load capacity (rivaled only by late-model P-47s) made it very effective in the ground-attack role.

As successful as the Corsair became, its beginnings were unpromising. In 1938 the U.S. Navy called for designs for a new single-seat, carrier-based fighter. The Chance-Vought Corporation won the contract with a unique gull-wing design powered by the largest aircraft engine then available—the 2,000-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp radial piston engine. The gull-wing design was necessary to provide adequate ground clearance for the airplane’s huge three-bladed propeller. The gull- wing also proved to be a low-drag design and, because it put the folding wings’ hinge points closer to the deck, the design gave the Corsair a lower profile in an aircraft carrier’s cramped hangar deck.

The Corsair prototype first flew in May 1940 but, citing landing gear problems and poor visibility over the nose, the Navy decided the Corsair was not suitable for carrier duties. Even after modifications solved these problems, the Navy was still slow to adopt the Corsair. But the Marines embraced it, making it one of their principal fighter/bombers. The Navy gradually realized its value as an outstanding carrier-based aircraft, rivaled only by the Grumman F6F Hellcat. By late 1944, Chance-Vought was building 300 Corsairs a month—one every 82 minutes.

The F4U-4 version appeared in 1943. It had an upgraded P&W R2800-18W engine (2,450 hp) and a new Hamilton Standard four-blade hydromatic propeller. Corsair production ended in 1952, with 12,571 built. Today, fewer than 30 airworthy Corsairs are known to exist.

Many people know the Corsair as the airplane flown by Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington and his “Black Sheep Squadron” (VMF-214). Pappy’s Black Sheep shot down 94 enemy aircraft. The squadron included nine aces in its ranks. Corsairs were flown by the US Navy and Marines, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the French Aeronavale.

Corsair Performance

The Corsair had strong virtues that made it a dangerous opponent. Its speed (especially at high altitudes), roll rate, climb rate, and maneuverability were comparable to the best fighters of the day—the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, and Japanese Zero. It handled well at slow speeds and in stalls. While it could not out-turn a Japanese Zero, its superior speed and rate of climb gave it the advantage when used with the right tactics. The Corsair’s 1,000-mile range was roughly the same as the long-range Republic P-47, but still much shorter than a P-51’s combat radius.

The aircraft’s six .50-caliber machine guns or four 20-mm cannon (F4U-4B & -4C) gave it more-than-adequate firepower, and it could take off with a heavier bomb load than some of the medium twin-engine bombers of the era. A Corsair could endure an incredible amount of punishment—more than the tank-like P-47 Thunderbolt, as even the Army Air Force admitted.

One “vice” plagued the Corsair throughout its production run. At low speeds, the huge R2800 engine produced huge amounts of torque. If an inexperience pilot jammed the throttle to the firewall on takeoff, the torque could easily twist the airplane onto its back and “ruin the pilot’s afternoon.” This tendency earned the Corsair the nickname “Ensign Eliminator.” Experienced pilots said the F4U was no more challenging to fly than any other high-performance fighter then in service.

From Guadalcanal (August 1942 – February 1943) until the end of WWII, Corsairs downed 2,140 enemy aircraft, against losses of 189 Corsairs in aerial combat—a ratio of 11.3 to one.

Wingspan

40 ft. 10 in.

Overall Length

33 ft. 8 in.

Height

14 ft. 9 in.

Empty Weight

9,206 lbs.

Gross Weight

14,670 lbs.

Fuel Capacity

534 gal.

Oil Capacity

20 gal.

Engine

Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W 18 cylinder, twin row, air-cooled radial, 2,450 hp with water injection

Propeller

Hamilton Standard 4-blade, 13 ft. 2 in. diameter

Maximum Speed, Sea Level

446 mph

Initial Rate-of-Climb

3,870 ft./min.

Cruise Speed, Sea Level

215 mph

Range at Cruise Speed

1,015 miles

Service Ceiling

41,500 ft.

Crew

1

Armament

Six .50 cal machine guns

Bomb Load

up to 4,000 lb on centerline and pylon racks

Total Built, F4U-4

5,380 aircraft

Total Built, all F4U variants

12,571 aircraft

Airworthy Survivors

Fewer than 30