Watch, Listen, Learn

Come and explore our world-class displays and galleries and discover where aviation has been…and where it's headed.

Innovations Gallery

Many technological advances in aviation are due to the persistence of innovative pioneers inspired to step well beyond the accepted norms.

The Innovations Gallery displays and celebrates a wide variety of aircraft at the cutting edge of aviation achievement. The airplanes in this gallery have broken dozens of world records – the fastest, the highest, the furthest, and even the smallest.

Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager's globe-circling flight in the Voyager is a case in point. Under the guidance of Burt Rutan, this remarkable aircraft was built by a handful of people incorporating common homebuilding technology.

The Voyager exhibit features an accurate replica of the aircraft that accomplished the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in 1986. Visitors can look inside the spartan cockpit where the crew lived for nine days.

1949 Taylor Aerocar - N4994P

EAA’s rebuilt prototype of the classic Aerocar represents a revolutionary concept.

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1951 Loving/Wayne WR-1 Racer 'Love' – N351C

In the June 1954 edition of The Experimenter, there appeared a half-page story of a remarkable flight by a remarkable man.

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1968 Thorp/Taylor T-18 - N455DT

John Thorp’s original T-18 design was a no frills, low-wing, two-place metal aircraft. Powered by an O-290-G engine converted to an... Read More

1970 Bede BD-5 - N500BD

N500BD was conceived in 1967 as an ultralight powered glider. The aircraft was built in 1970 and first flown in September of 1971 at Hutc... Read More

1971 Monnett Sonerai I - N11ME (N5795)

The Sonerai (Son-er-ai) is a name meant to be unusual. It came from playing with words like sun-ray and sonic-ray and was also meant to c... Read More

1972 Rutan VariViggen - N27VV

Burt Rutan began the design for the VariViggen while he was still a student at Cal Poly in 1963.

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1975 Rutan VariEze Prototype - N7EZ

Burt Rutan’s prototype VariEze (“very easy”) made its public debut at the 1975 EAA Oshkosh Fly-In.

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1979 Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair 'Ham2' - N88TH

Tom Hamilton designed the Glasair to be an efficient airplane; it was fast yet fuel efficient and had a practical building time.

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1989 Miller-Bohannan JM-2 Special 'Pushy Galore' - N189BB

Pushy Galore was a Miller JM-2 Special designed by air race legend Jim Miller of San Antonio.

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1991 Cirrus VK-30 - N33VK

In the early 1980s, a trio of college students, all pilots, decided to satisfy a long-held desire to design and build their own airplane.... Read More

Scaled Composites/Rutan Voyager Partial Replica

On December 23, 1986, the Burt Rutan-designed Voyager aircraft landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the first non-s... Read More