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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Virtual Cockpit Tours

Climb into the airplanes in our museum virtually to see what it is like to be in the pilot’s seat!

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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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SpaceShipOne

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

EAA Ultralight Chapters 1, 75, and 1331 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 our newest inductees into our Sport Aviation Halls of Fame. Inductees represent 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

Thursday, November 8, 2018 

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 8, 2018, in the Founders’ Wing of the EAA Aviation Museum. The five inductees, representing ultralights, the International Aerobatic Club, the 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.

• EAA Ultralights—Gene Smith
• International Aerobatic Club—Tom Adams
• Vintage Aircraft Association—Ron Alexander
• Warbirds of America—Jack Roush
• EAA Homebuilders—Darryl Murphy

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.


For questions, please contact Jane Smith at jsmith@eaa.org or 920-426-6823.


Dinner Menu - To be Announced


2018 Inductees


2018 Halls of Fame InducteesUltralights: Eugene Smith

David Eugene “Gene” Smith was born in 1933 near Rolla, Missouri, and died in December of 2016. Gene earned a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for International Harvester and started a family. After several years he returned to Rolla with his wife and four kids, raising crops and cattle on a farm. At that point, he started flight training and eventually started his own crop dusting operation. After about 20 years, Gene was temporarily grounded with a medical issue, so he returned to farming but continued tinkering with aircraft.

Gene had a gift and passion for mechanical design and innovation that led him to start Valley Engineering in 1998, a business he co-owned with his son Larry. Gene designed the popular swing-wing Back Yard Flyer ultralight, which he demonstrated tirelessly at AirVenture Oshkosh every summer. Gene went on to design more than 20 other aircraft and never stopped tinkering. In 2001, he acquired Culver Props, and his two businesses have long supplied the ultralight and light-sport aircraft community with complete aircraft, as well as components like reduction drive systems, engines, and propellers.

 

2018 Halls of Fame InducteesInternational Aerobatic Club: Thomas H. Adams Jr., EAA 77537, IAC 1999

Tom Adams learned to fly by training with his father and helped pay for college by dusting crops with a 450 Stearman. After graduation, he served in the Navy, flying A-4D Skyhawks, and then spent a summer flying PB4Y2 Privateers for a spraying operation before starting his 32-year career with Northwest Airlines. By the time he retired as a captain on the 747-400, he’d logged time in more than 100 different types.

During his airline career, he built his first Pitts S-1C and began competing in IAC regional aerobatic contests. Over the years, Tom has been recognized with multiple awards both for his proficiency as a pilot and competitor, as well as for serving as chief and/or grading judge at more than 200 contests. As an aerobatic competitor and judge, Tom has been able to share his expertise with many fellow aerobatic pilots and does coaching at contests, chapter practices, or at his private strip. Tom has served on the IAC board of directors for more than 28 years, and he continues to play an active role in aerobatics as a national judge.

2018 Halls of Fame InducteesVintage Aircraft Association: Ron Alexander, EAA 137890, VAA 27150

The Vintage Aircraft Association will posthumously induct Ronald Ray “Ron” Alexander into the VAA Hall of Fame. Ron was a highly decorated former U.S. Air Force pilot, a retired Delta Air Lines captain, and a businessman deemed by one writer as the “quiet giant of aviation.”

In 1976, Ron began restoring antique aircraft and, in 1979, founded Alexander Aeroplane Company, which became a major supplier of materials for both restorers and builders. Over the years, he owned a number of other aviation companies, including Stits Poly-Fiber, Atlanta Aerospace Composites, and the Accessory Overhaul Group. In 1993, Ron developed a series of hands-on programs with the name SportAir Workshops, a program he sold to EAA six years later. In 2004, Ron purchased Peach State Aerodrome (now Alexander Memorial Airport) with the goal of replicating the look and feel of Atlanta’s Candler Field airport of the 1930s era.

Ron was a member of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association board of directors, and after retiring from Delta, Ron regularly flew his DC-3, Jenny, and J-3.

 

2018 Halls of Fame InducteesWarbirds of America: Jack Roush, EAA 478254, Warbirds 15186

Jack Roush was born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1942 at the height of the war. His interest in science, math, and all things mechanical began at an early age. Those interests led him to auto racing and eventually partnering with Fenway Sports Group to form Roush Fenway Racing — one of the most successful NASCAR teams in history.

Roush’s entry into the aviation community led him to the P-51 Mustang, purchasing his first in 1992. With his vast experience in motor sports, he began studying the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and quickly discovered that parts and maintenance support were in short supply. With his typical drive, Jack laid the groundwork for the establishment of the first and only FAA Repair Station for Merlin engines. Jack and his company, Roush Aviation, are the leaders in preservation of the Merlin, keeping today’s P-51 Mustangs in the air and preserving our rich military aviation history.

Jack currently owns and operates two Mustangs, Old Crow and Gentleman Jim. Despite his busy racing schedule, he always carves out time to visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, participating in the ever-popular Warbirds in Review program.


2018 Halls of Fame InducteesHomebuilding: Darryl Murphy, EAA 293368

This year’s inductee into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame, Darryl Murphy of Chilliwack, British Columbia, got his start in the late 1970s by designing and building a rigid wing hang glider. While laid up after a non-aviation-related accident, he started designing a single-seat biplane that first flew in 1984. He upgraded that design to a two-seater using innovative construction techniques and then founded Murphy Aircraft the following year.

Over the years, the designs continued to flow, including the company’s first commercial product, the Renegade biplane series, followed by the all-aluminum Rebel, the Maverick, the Elite, and the sturdy Moose bushplane. In addition, Darryl designed a series of amphibious floats, as well as a line of wheels and brakes. Murphy aircraft were among the first to fly with the venerable Rotax 914, and in 2003, Bombardier used a Murphy Moose to demonstrate its 300-hp V-6 engine at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In 2012, Darryl designed the four-seat Yukon and, after announcing his retirement in 2014, went on to design the STOL, bike-rack-equipped Murphy Radical.