History Takes Flight

With a collection of more than 200 historic aircraft, the EAA Aviation Museum is a year-round destination, combining aviation's past with the promise of its exciting future.

Air Racing & Aerobatics

1928 Church Midwing JC-1 - N9167

The Church Midwing was originally advertised as “the sportiest, safest, best-looking airplane in the light, single seat class,” and sold as a home-built kit.

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1931 Laird Super Solution Replica - NR12048

This airplane is a full-size replica of the 1931 Laird “Super Solution” racer, winner of the 1931 Bendix Trophy race, piloted by Jimmy Doolittle.

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1932 Chester Special Racer 'Jeep' - N12930

Arthur Chester designed and built the Chester Special in his garage in the early 1930s. The racer was completed in 1932, but was not fully tested by the time of the 1932 National Air Races.

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1934 Wittman D-12 'Bonzo' - N13688 (N4486E)

Sylvester Wittman (1904-1995), known as “Witt” or “Steve” to his friends, was one of the greatest—possibly the greatest—pylon (closed-course) air race pilot in history. Between 1926 and 1989, he competed in and won more air races than anyone else.

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1935 Bücker Bü 133L Jungmeister - N515

This Bücker Jungmeister was owned by long-time aerobatic champion Mike Murphy. During the 1940s, he won numerous competitions with his first Jungmeister which was originally owned by the famous pilot Alex Papana.

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1936 Rider/Elmendorf R-5 'Jackrabbit' - NX264Y

Veteran California race plane builder Keith Rider built two new racers for the 1936 season that were essentially identical, the R-4 and the R-5.

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1938 Taylorcraft/Cole BF-50 Clipped-Wing - N21292

Duane Cole (1915-2004) was a flight instructor, author, aerobatic instructor, and air show performer. His trademark Taylorcraft, with Cole’s name written upside-down on its fuselage, was a common sight at air shows around the U.S.

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1938 Bugatti Model 100 Racer

Say the name Bugatti and racecars should come to mind. Beautiful, fast and sleek the Bugatti racers dominated the European racing scene during the 1940s.

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1938 Crosby CR-4 - NR92Y

Harry Crosby designed the all-metal CR-4 racer while recuperating from serious back injuries sustained in the crash of its predecessor, the CR-3.

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1943 Boeing/Hughes Super Stearman - N121R (N5051V)

This Super Stearman evolved from the hands and mind of Joe Hughes who wanted something even better than the standard 450 hp airshow Stearman, especially for movie work.

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