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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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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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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1950 de Havilland DHC-1B-2 Chipmunk - N1114V

Location: Air Racing & Aerobatics

The Art Scholl Chipmunk, constructor’s number 116-154, was built at the de Havilland Canada factory in Toronto as part of an order by the Canadian Department of National Defense. It was first flown by test pilot George Neal on August 29, 1950. These aircraft were for the RCAF reserve pilots and instructors program, which enabled civilian flying clubs to train more than 600 pilots. This aircraft was registered as CF-CXL to the Winnipeg Flying Club and delivered to them in October 1950.

With the expiration of the RCAF program in late1957, the aircraft was placed on the inactive reserve list and flown to Claresholme. Its airworthiness status was lapsed and it remained in storage until offered for sale in June 1961. In October of that year, it was purchased by the Winnipeg Flying Club and later certificated as airworthy. It was sold twice before being purchased by Sabre Industries of Winnipeg, in January1967, for Robert “Skip” Volk of Aqua Craft Boat Company of Laverne, California.

Skip Volk, a successful boat designer, builder and championship racer, was a friend of well-known aerobatic pilot Art Scholl. Art had introduced Skip to flying, coached him in aerobatics and encouraged him (with a possible Pennzoil sponsorship) to embark upon a career in exhibition flying.

Work to modify the aircraft for exhibition flying was started soon after it arrived from Canada. Modifications were likely done by Roy Sprague of Alcan Aluminum who had worked with Scholl in development of Super Chipmunks N13A and N13Y and Harold Krier’s N6311V. Sprague was assisted by Larry Riggs.

During 1969, an aerobatic duet routine evolved with Art Scholl and his famous Pennzoil Super Chipmunk N13Y and Skip piloting N114V. They became a regular air show feature and thrilled the crowds at Brackett Field and other California air shows during the season.

By late February 1970 with a total time of 3261 hours, the aircraft was further modified by Harry Dellicker of Del-Air at Steathmore, California, and classified as ‘Experimental Exhibition’.

The partnership with Art Scholl came to an end with the untimely death of Skip Volk at age forty-two on May 10, 1972, while practicing for an air show.

N1114V was then sold to William B.Richards of Palo Alto, CA who flew it in local aerobatic competitions bringing the total time to 4123 hours by December 1976.

In early 1977, Art Scholl acquired N1114V for a new aerobatic routine and persuaded Bill Richards to part with the aircraft. Still painted in the early 1970s color scheme of blue stars and sunburst effect, Scholl fitted the plane with a red, white and blue wingtip and tail smoke system. The control stick received a three-inch extension for greater control during extreme aerobatic maneuvers and the plane completed the 1977 air show season in this form.

For 1978, the title “Super Chipmunk,” Pennzoil logos and other marking were added to the aircraft’s paint scheme. Avionics systems were upgraded for cross-country navigation and a Christen aerobatic fuel system and new front cockpit instruments were installed.

It was a typically busy air show season for Art and N1114V in 1978. Between March and July, they were in Tulsa, Memphis, Macon and Kissimmee. Some engine overheating problems are noted in the logs and additional cowling vents were fitted while in Florida. Art Scholl and his Super Chipmunk were often accompanied by his dog, Aileron. Sitting behind Scholl during the act, Aileron would walk out on the wing as they taxied in and jump onto Art’s shoulder when he exited the cockpit. Art’s routine was described in programs as “wild lomcevaks coupled with pyrotechnic spectaculars with a grand finale standing out on the wing waving to the crowd.”

There were no bookings for the Super Chipmunk in 1985. This may have been due to Art’s using his Pitts Special, N13AS, which was outfitted as a camera ship for film work. It was September 16, 1985, when Art and the Pitts were lost after the aircraft failed to recover from an inverted spin while filming for the movie “Top Gun.” Neither pilot nor aircraft were recovered from the Pacific Ocean.

Art’s widow, Judy Scholl, elected to donate his remaining aircraft to museums. Chipmunk N13Y went to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and N1114V to the EAA AirVenture Museum. Kevin Killingworth and Kevin Kammer, Art’s chief mechanic, delivered it to Oshkosh on June 12, 1987 with 5183.5 total hours on the aircraft. The ferry flight from Rialto, CA to Oshkosh via Albuquerque, New Mexico, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, took 13 1/2 hours. Their arrival was highlighted by the operation of the three-color smoke system for the last time.

Befitting the aerobatic and air show careers of both the aircraft and Art Scholl, N1114V is displayed inverted performing a ribbon cutting maneuver.

Aircraft researched by EAA volunteer Rod Brown

Wing Span (clipped)

31 ft. 4 in.

Length

25 ft. 5 in.

Empty Weight

1430 lbs.

Gross Weight

2056 lbs.

Maximum Speed

168 mph

Cruise Speed

150 mph

Range

450 mi.

Powerplant

Lycoming GO-435, 260hp