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.

Antiques & Classics

1918 Thomas-Morse Scout S4C - N38899

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The Thomas-Morse Scout, built in Bath, New York, was an advanced trainer, operated by the both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Dubbed the “Tommy” by its pilots.

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1918 Curtiss JN-4D '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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1927 Fairchild FC-2 W2 - NC3569

Herb Harcom’s FC-2 is the oldest of all the Fairchild aircraft, though this FC-2 had many owners before it fell into Herb’s hands.

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1930 Spartan C3-225 - NC718N

Existing log books only go back to the third owner of NC718N, C.L. Sloan of Memphis, Texas, but we know from FAA records that the first owner of the airplane was the Haliburton Oil Well Cementing Co. of Duncan, OK which purchased it July 26, 1930.

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1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro 'Miss Champion' - NC11609

In 1923, test pilot Lt. Gomez Spencer flew inventor Juan de la Cierva's Autogiro in Madrid, Spain, marking the first controlled flight of a rotary-wing aircraft. The Autogiro used large unpowered rotor blades to provide lift through autorotation, much like a maple tree “helicopter” seed as it spins to the ground.

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1933 Aeronca C-2-N Deluxe Scout - NC13089

The 1930 single place C-2 was Aeronca’s first production airplane. As the first certificated light-weight aircraft, it revolutionized the depression-era aircraft industry with its economical operating cost.

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1933 Davis D-1-W - NC13456

The Davis aircraft story begins with two brothers named Wilson and Harvey Doyle. They were 1925 graduates of Harvard and Yale respectively and left their home town of Charlotte, North Carolina, for Detroit, Michigan, then a center of aviation activity.

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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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1940 Harlow PJC-2 - N3947B

The Harlow PJC-2 is notable for being a certified aircraft built and tested by students. PJC stands for Pasadena Junior College of California where the aircraft was built.

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Curtiss/Rosnick P-6E Hawk Replica - NX606PE

The Curtiss P-6E Hawk was a first-line pursuit aircraft for the Army Air Corps in the early 1930s. It was the last of the fabric-covered biplanes used by the Air Corps.

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