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 on the second Tuesday of each 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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1970 Brock KB-2 'Gyroplane' Autogyro - N2303

Location: Homebuilts

Ken Brock was a leader in the development and promotion of autogyro flight and homebuilt autogyro kits. The museum’s 1970 KB-2 Gyroplane™ was one of Brock’s personal demonstrator aircraft and was donated by Ken Brock. It has appeared in motion pictures, television commercials, and countless air shows in the United States and Canada. Brock’s air show routine included steep chandelles, 90-degree banks, “lazy eights,” spins, vertical descents, and dead-stick landings, amply demonstrating the maneuverability and safety of homebuilt autogyro design.

This stock KB-2 achieved several world records for autogyro flights, including the first coast-to-coast autogyro flight in 1971, flying from Long Beach, California to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (3,400 miles) in ten days. In 1968, in an identical KB-2 demonstrator (without floats), Brock flew a round trip between Long Beach and Catalina Island, 35 miles off the California coast.

Brock introduced his first KB-series Gyroplane kit in 1957. It was similar to the Benson “Gyrocopter™” kit, first offered in 1953. Brock made several refinements to the Benson design, including a modified control system that made his Gyroplane handle more like a fixed-wing airplane.

Powered by a 90-horsepower McCulloch engine, the KB-2 Gyroplane can take off in 100 to 200 feet, land in 10 feet, and cruise at 65 to 70 mph. Plans and kits for the Brock KB-2 and KB-3 Gyroplanes are still offered by Brock Manufacturing. Like many other autogyro kits on the market, the KB-3 can qualify as an ultralight under FAA rules.

Autogyro Construction and Performance

An autogyro has a powered pusher or tractor propeller to provide thrust and an unpowered main rotor to provide lift. As the propeller moves the aircraft forward, air passing over the main rotor causes it to spin, creating a disk that provides lift like a wing. Though an autogyro cannot hover, it can make vertical landings. In a vertical landing, the KB-2 will descend 15 to 20 feet per second, about the same speed as a parachutist. If the engine quits, gliding the aircraft forward will keep the rotor spinning, allowing a safe dead-stick landing.

Some autogyros have adjustable-pitch rotor blades that allow them to “auto-rotate” like a true helicopter. In auto-rotation during a dead-stick landing, the rotor blade pitch causes the rotor to “windmill.” As the aircraft nears the ground, the pilot changes the pitch to provide lift, and the rotor’s momentum keeps it turning long enough to allow the aircraft to safely flare and land.

With variable pitch, some autogyros have a “jump” feature for vertical takeoffs. In a jump takeoff, the autogyro’s engine is temporarily coupled to the main rotor. With rotor pitch flat, the rotor is spun up to high speed. Then the engine is de-coupled from the rotor, rotor pitch is changed to lift, and the rotor’s momentum keeps it spinning long enough to lift the aircraft a few feet off the ground, where forward motion takes over to keep the rotor spinning. The jump-takeoff system is complex, heavy, and expensive, and is rarely found on homebuilt or sport autogyros.

Autogyro History

The first autogyro, predecessor to the helicopter, was invented in 1923 by Juan de la Cierva, a Spanish pilot and aeronautical engineer. His early autogyros featured a powered tractor propeller, an unpowered rotor on a mast, and a vertical stabilizer. Parnall & Sons, a British airplane builder, built many of Cierva’s autogyro designs, though none of them in any quantity.

Cierva’s C-11 autogyro introduced the jump-takeoff feature. His C-19, which had an airplane-like fuselage, short fixed wings, and a mast-mounted rotor, was built under license by several manufacturers. In the United States, Harold Pitcairn began building Cierva C-19s in 1928. Three years later, Amelia Earhart flew a Pitcairn PCA-2 to 18,415 feet—a world altitude record for autogyros.

By the mid-1930s, the first true helicopters were being built and flown in Europe. Interest in autogyros faded. During WWII, the Japanese Kayaba Ka-1 autogyro was used for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and anti-submarine defense. The Germans developed very small gyrogliders (unpowered autogyros) to be towed by submarines for aerial surveillance. Reports note that when the submarines were forced to dive quickly, the gyroglider pilot was sometimes left hanging.

With advancements in helicopters, autogyros were mostly forgotten until the early 1950s when Igor Benson saw a gyroglider from a captured German U-Boat. Benson was a Russian émigré to the U.S. who had worked on early helicopter research at General Electric Corporation and Kaman Aircraft Company. He saw the potential for a safe, inexpensive, kit-built autogyro for sport aviation. His 1953 Benson Gyrocopter was the first of the modern autogyros.

Rotor Span

12 ft.

Seats

1

Empty Weight

240 lbs.

Gross Weight

600 lbs.

Engine

McCulloch 4318, 90 hp @ 4,000 rpm

Top Speed

90 mph

Cruise Speed

65-70 mph

Stall Speed

48 mph

Rate of Climb

1,900 fpm

Range

600 mi.