From May through October, a short tram ride from the museum takes you to Pioneer Airport, 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.
More than 50 vintage airplanes are displayed in seven period hangars designed to take you back to aviation’s golden age of the 1920s and ‘30s. Fascinating displays include a tribute to the legendary air racer, designer, and builder Steve Wittman.
Younger visitors will enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes. For kids aged between 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available.
Most important of all, Pioneer Airport is a place to savor the sights and sounds of vintage flying machines in their “natural habitat.”
Weather permitting, flights take place from Pioneer Airport’s grass runway every day during the season. You may also see demonstration flights from planes such as EAA’s replica of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and the stunning Pitcairn Mailwing biplane once flown by Howard Hughes.
Hours of Operation
Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Pioneer Airport is closed for flights during EAA AirVenture, but the hangars are open for visitors to wander around.)
Open Saturday and Sunday in May, September and October, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.