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Antiques & Classics

The restoration, preservation, and operation of vintage aircraft have been part of EAA since the very beginning. In addition to the more than 50 aircraft on display (and in some cases flying) at Pioneer Airport, our main museum building showcases a number of aircraft and artifacts from the golden age of aviation.

Here, you’ll find the elegantly simple 1929 Monocoupe-Velie 113, the charming Aeronca C-2-N from 1930, and the gleaming 1940 Harlow PJC-2. As you explore, you’ll also come across types like the 1933 parasol-wing Davis D-1-W, a meticulously detailed replica of Charles Lindbergh’s famous Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, and, of course, the venerable Piper Cub. This exhibit also features fascinating designs that were arguably before their time, like the impressive 1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 autogiro and the remarkably futuristic  Bugatti Model 100 whose lines challenge you to believe that it was actually built all the way back in 1939.

Antique and classic aircraft aren’t just part of EAA’s history, they’re part of everyone’s history, and we are especially privileged and proud to serve as caretakers for so many of these magnificent artifacts. 

1918 Thomas-Morse Scout S4C - N38899
11/3/2016

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 th... Read More

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 Jen... Read More

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 h... Read More

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 o... Read More

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... Read More

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 revolutioniz... Read More

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 respectivel... Read More

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 d... Read More

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 Califo... Read More

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 ... Read More

Fokker/Redfern Dr. I Triplane Replica - N105RF

EAA’s replica Fokker Dr. I Triplane was built by Walter W. Redfern, EAA #143, and first flown on July 24, 1964. The “triplane... Read More

Nieuport/Huntley 11 Replica - N2001

The only original Nieuport 11 known to exist is in the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in France, but numerous replicas ... Read More

Spirit of St. Louis Replica

EAA has constructed two “Spirit of St. Louis” replica aircraft to honor Charles Lindbergh and his aviation achievements.

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