Pioneer Airport

From May through October, Pioneer Airport gives visitors 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.

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Group Rates

Enjoy discounted group rates for adults, seniors, and children. Group tour pricing can be extended to groups of 10 or more. For student groups, 1 chaperone/teacher for every 8 children/students is free.

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Eagle Hangar

The Eagle Hangar is a hall of honor dedicated to the memory of those who served during World War II. The airplanes include examples of Allied fighters, bombers, liaison aircraft, trainers, Army and Navy aircraft, plus examples from Germany and Japan.

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School Programs

Aviation is a fun, exciting, and stimulating subject, making the EAA AirVenture Museum an ideal environment for learning! Our school programs are each intended for a range of student ages and group sizes. 

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Multiple Venues

With more than 1,600 acres and 26 venues to choose from, we are sure to show you a space that will make your vision come to life. Our unique atmosphere is sure to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.

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Young Eagles Flights

Ever wondered what your neighborhood looks like from the sky? If you’re nodding your head “Yes” and are between the ages of 8 and 17, you’re ready to take a free Young Eagles flight from EAA's Pioneer Airport and see what real pilots do on the ground and in the air.

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1918 Curtiss JN4D '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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Photograph Collections

The EAA library’s photographic collection has something for everyone. Beginning with the Wright Brothers and continuing into the space age, the photo archives are an invaluable resource. The photo archive has more than 100,000 images of aircraft and the people that made them famous.

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Founders Wing

Established to preserve EAA’s history and culture, the Founders Wing showcases Paul and Audrey Poberezny’s personal collection of letters, pictures, artifacts, media clippings, and so much more.

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Timeless Voices Archives

Aviation’s history is made up of many remarkable people, from the best-known aviation personalities to those who contributed to the development of aviation in their communities. Search database for hundreds of aviators sharing their personal stories.

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Donate Your Aircraft

Add to EAA’s diverse aircraft collection for aviation enthusiasts to enjoy! EAA AirVenture Museum follows a set of procedures to assess airplanes that are offered as donations to our collection.

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Rare WWII Nose Art Exhibit

More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual WWII combat aircraft are making their first-ever trip outside their home museum to EAA.

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1941 XP-51 Mustang

The North American P-51 Mustang was the most successful, most versatile fighter of World War II (1939-1945). Designed in 1940 for Britain, the first prototype XP-51 was finished in just 117 days. The Allison-powered P-51A was dubbed “Mustang, Mk. 1” by the British and first deployed in tactical reconnaissance in the spring of 1942.

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1903 Wright Flyer Replica

The full-size replica of the Wright brothers’ historic 1903 “Flyer” - the first true airplane - is a centerpiece in the EAA AirVenture Museum’s collection. It stands as a tribute to the birth of aviation and to the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright and their mechanic, Charlie Taylor.

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1938 Wittman Buttercup

Steve Wittman designed and built Buttercup in 1938 and, over the years, it has featured a variety of innovations including - tapered rod landing gear, variable camber wings with full span leading edge and slotted trailing edge flaps.

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1959 P-5 'Pober Sport'

Paul Poberezny first penciled a sketch of the Pober Sport during the summer of 1956. With a little help from his wife and brother, Paul began building the Sport with a Baby Ace fuselage and J-3 landing gear. Other EAA members pitched in to help Paul build his latest aircraft.

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The exhibit uses dramatic sound and lighting effects, as well as rare video footage - some never seen in public - to tell the story of a mission into space aboard SpaceShipOne. During this journey, SpaceShipOne demonstrates a key technological breakthrough conceived by spacecraft designer Burt Rutan, a longtime EAA member.

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1949 Taylor Aerocar

EAA’s rebuilt prototype of the classic Aerocar represents a revolutionary concept. Not only can it be readily converted from an airplane to a roadable car, but also its wings can be folded back along the sides of the detached fuselage and towed behind the automobile like a trailer.

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Spirit of St. Louis Replica

EAA has constructed two Spirit of St. Louis replica aircraft to honor Charles Lindbergh and his aviation achievements. This replica was built in 1977 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Between 1977 and 1988, that aircraft accumulated more than 1,300 hours of flight time.

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1977 Christen Eagle II

The Christen Eagle was designed by Frank Christensen, founder of Christen Industries. Frank was an aerobatic pilot and manager of the U.S. Aerobatic Team that won the 1972 World Aerobatic Championship. The Christen Eagle II combined professional design with factory quality parts. The resulting kit raised the bar for aircraft kit manufacturers.

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F-22 Raptor Gallery

The centerpiece of KidVenture is the Raptor Gallery, which contains 16 interactive exhibits focusing on the world's most advanced airplane, the F-22 Raptor. It includes a half-scale model of the F-22 where young people can climb into the cockpit. 

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Skyscape Theater Royale

Come one, come all to the EAA Skyscape Theatre Royale for an old-time aviation movie series on one Tuesday of each month. Travel back in time and experience the golden age of cinema.

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Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet

Commemorate the anniversary of the first powered flight with a very special keynote speaker at the annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet in December. Honoring the spirit and achievements of the Wright Brothers is a tradition at EAA. 

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Hops & Props

Spend an evening sampling more than 250 extraordinary beverages from around the world at Hops & Props, a fine food and beverage-tasting event held annually in March. Micro-breweries and distributors are on hand to teach you about the brewing process and history, and help you become a discerning beverage taster.

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Family Flight Fest

Discover the exciting world of aviation with an interactive, educational experience at Family Flight Fest held during a weekend in the spring. The museum’s younger visitors enjoy a variety of aviation-related activities that educate and spark their curiosity in flight.

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Ultralight Day

On Saturday, June 20, members of EAA Ultralight Chapters 1, 75, and 1331 will fly their ultralights and light-planes to Pioneer Airport to showcase what fun flying is all about. Get up close and learn more about this fun, affordable segment of aviation.

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September Swing

Relive the excitement and glamour of the 1940s at September Swing! Learn to swing dance (or practice your skills) and then dance the night away amid the Eagle Hangar’s authentic collection of World War II planes, vehicles, and artifacts. Great music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and 1940s fun make up this exciting event.

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EAA Hall of Fame Banquet

Join us as we honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame on Thursday, November 5, 2015, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and homebuilding.

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Christmas in the Air

Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas in the Air, a free community event for all ages held in December. This widely popular event features holiday performances by local more than 20 musical, choral, and dance groups on four stages. Don’t miss the arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter, after which he will visit with children!

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Skiplane Fly-In

See dozens of skiplanes fly in to the snow-covered runway of Pioneer Airport at February's Skiplane Fly-In, which showcases this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America. The Skiplane Fly-In is free of charge to the public.

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EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony

2016 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Reception begins at 6 p.m. | Dinner and program to follow

EAA is proud to honor five new inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame at a dinner ceremony on November 10, 2016, in the Founders’ Wing of the EAA Aviation Museum. The five inductees, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and homebuilding, have dedicated their lives to their respective areas of aviation and join an esteemed group of individuals who represent the spirit of EAA in the highest form.

  • Ultralights: Tracy Knauss
  • International Aerobatic Club: Robert Armstrong, EAA 113152
  • Vintage Aircraft Association: Phil Coulson, EAA Lifetime 71350
  • Warbirds of America: Doug Champlin, EAA 62048
  • Homebuilding: Jim Bede, EAA Lifetime 3758
The EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community. Those inducted into the hall of fame are selected by their peers for the myriad of contributions made to their respective areas of aviation.

Bringing together EAA's boards of directors, divisions, affiliates, and councils, the hall of fame is a tribute to the pioneering spirit and innovation that has marked the evolution of flight, a spirit that is nurtured and promoted throughout EAA's membership. The event also reunites past honorees to celebrate their collected achievements.

All are invited to attend the induction ceremony and dinner, which begins with a 6 p.m. reception. Tickets are $50 each (plus $2.50 tax) and include the ceremony and full-service dinner.

Tickets: $50 each (plus $2.50 tax)

Purchase Your Tickets

For questions, please contact Jane Smith at or 920-426-6823.

Dinner Menu


Hors d’Oeuvres

  • Stuffed Mushroom Caps
  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
  • Dried Apricot Goat Cheese Pistachio Nuts
  • Tomato Bruschetta on Crostini
  • Fall Harvest Salad
  • Bourbon & Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
  • Filet of Sirloin topped with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce
  • Twice Baked Potato
  • Francais Blend Vegetable
  • Potato Roll
  • Coffee (regular or decaf) and milk


  • Hot Apple Crisp topped with Cinnamon Whipping Cream

Hall of FameUltralights: Tracy Knauss

Tracy Knauss, longtime publisher of Glider Rider, which became Light Sport and Ultralight Flyingmagazine, has helped knit together the small community of hang glider and ultralight pilots with the publication he started in 1976. Photographer, artist, space buff, photo restorer, genealogist, magician, husband, and father — the list of Tracy’s roles is long and varied, but the one that started him down the path to international recognition was magazine publisher.


When Tracy discovered hang gliding in 1976, he saw the need for a publication that informed pilots about news, warnings, new products, flying tips, and, yes, even gossip. He formed a company called Glider Rider and started a magazine by the same name. It was immediately successful, and quickly became the go-to publication for hang glider pilots in the United States as well as in more than 60 other countries. “There is a commonality in flying that transcends language differences,” Tracy observed.


As the sport evolved and pilots started putting engines on their hang gliders, Tracy followed the trend, changing the magazine’s title to Ultralight Flying, and began including coverage of motorized ultralights. In its 40th year of publication, and now titled Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, the magazine continues to cover hang gliders and ultralights of all kinds, both powered and unpowered. “We’ve been covering the lightest end of aviation since 1976, and hope that the best years are still ahead of us,” said Tracy.


Hall of FameInternational Aerobatic Club: Robert Armstrong, EAA 113152

Robert “blames” his aviation career on his junior high school, which was located right next to an airport, providing ample opportunity to gaze longingly at the airplanes through the window. He soon began swapping manual labor and airplane washings for flying time. Robert obtained his private pilot certificate before his senior year and received his A&P certificate the summer after graduation.


Robert built an S-1C Pitts Special and flew it first to Oshkosh, then down to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for his first aerobatic contest. Robert was the highest-scoring first-time competitor in Sportsman, and he counts that trophy as one of his most cherished. From that first contest at Fond du Lac, Robert met many fellow aerobatic enthusiasts involved in the IAC, finding them to be a helpful and friendly group of people. From then he was hooked and never wanted to leave. In 1988 Robert competed in the U.S. Nationals for the first time, winning second overall. Robert later began flying the CAP 231 and in his aerobatic career has flown in a total of 10 World Aerobatic Championships.


Robert has logged more than 17,000 hours of flight time, more than 5,000 of those in general aviation. This includes 1,600 hours of aerobatic time. The list of aircraft types he has flown exceeds 80. Robert is a retired airline pilot, having flown the 717 for 12 years at AirTran, and today flies a Citation XLS for a local company, allowing him the benefit of flying out of the same airport for both work and play.


Hall of FameVintage Aircraft Association: Phil Coulson, EAA Lifetime 71350

Phil Coulson of Lawton, Michigan, has been immersed in aviation for all of his adult life. Phil enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and, on his return to Michigan, learned to fly in a prewar Piper J-5 Cruiser. Phil had discovered a passion for sport aviation, and began attending the early EAA conventions at Rockford starting in 1962.


Phil began volunteering with EAA at Rockford, and then at Oshkosh, where he became an advisor in the Antique/Classic Division in 1985, followed by election to its board in 1987. During this period, Phil acquired a Waco UPF-7 open-cockpit biplane. The experience of owning the Waco, and the camaraderie with other owners that followed, led Phil and his friends to organize the American Waco Club (AWC) in 1993. Phil was named the founding president, a leadership position he continued until his retirement in 2013.


Phil also edited and published the Waco World News, the publication of the AWC. In addition to the UPF-7, Phil and his wife, Ruthie, have owned a G35 Bonanza, a Cessna 190, a Waco INF, a Waco 10, and a rare Waco UBA.


As a director of the Vintage Aircraft Association, Phil has chaired the annual Vintage Parade of Flight during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and served as a long-term senior judge in the Antique category. Phil chose to take emeritus status with the VAA board in the fall of 2015 after nearly 30 years of active, involved, and dedicated service to both EAA and the VAA.


Hall of FameWarbirds of America: Doug Champlin, EAA 62048

Doug Champlin dedicated his life to the historic preservation of military fighter aircraft, including 27 examples from World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. All of these aircraft were maintained in flyable condition and represented combat pilots from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Japan, and Germany. The aircraft were based at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona, from 1980 through 2002. His museum didn’t just house aircraft, but also featured a staggering collection of other artifacts, including an armored car, a Soviet T-34 tank, and a large number of other weapons, including a Gatling gun. In addition, Doug maintained what was considered to be one of the world’s largest collections of autographs from famous fighter aces throughout history. The museum was also home to two notable veterans’ groups: the American Fighter Aces Association and the Flying Tiger Association.


The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, is now honored to be the permanent home of the Champlin Collection, proudly displaying Doug’s treasured airplanes throughout their Personal Courage Wing gallery. Doug was a member of the Museum of Flight’s board of trustees, and was gratified to see his collection remain intact when it was acquired by the museum and put on display in 2004.


Over the years, as he devoted his life to the acquisition, restoration, and display of so many rare and historic aircraft, for Doug, the most rewarding thing was the opportunity to meet fighter pilots from around the world and hear their stories firsthand. Those meetings led to many long-term friendships that he cherished until he passed away in May of 2013.


Hall of FameHomebuilding: Jim Bede, EAA Lifetime 3758

Jim Bede, an Ohio native, made his first foray into the experimental aviation world with his original BD-1. The airplane had a number of innovative features including the use of bonding the aluminum structure instead of riveting. The rights to that airplane were eventually bought by the Grumman Aircraft Company and became the Grumman Yankee. Jim followed that design with the record-breaking BD-2, and then the iconic BD-4. The simple and innovative design features of the BD-4 set the standard for simplicity and excellent performance. It was the first homebuilt aircraft to be offered in kit form, requiring no welding by the builder.


In 1971 Jim started the aviation world buzzing with the introduction of the BD-5 Micro. After the first flight, stability issues required a redesign, and Jim hired Burt Rutan to head the flight test department. One of the challenges faced by the BD-5 was the choice of engine. While searching for a reliable piston powerplant for the BD-5, Jim decided to create a jet-powered version. The BD-5J, best known for its role in the opening scenes of the James Bond film Octopussy, was a 300 mph manned bullet powered by a Sermel TRS-18-046 turbojet.


Jim was an active member of Chapter 1252, and there was no doubt about his passion for aircraft design. He devoted his life to helping people who had the dream of building and flying their own airplane. To those members in Chapter 1252, he was a mentor, a friend, a father figure, and a crazy old guy who loved to tell jokes. Jim passed away on July 9, 2015.