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.


1955 Corben/Lambert Baby Ace D - N9017C

4/25/2017 1:38:00 PM

The Baby Ace was built in the early 1960s by Stafford “Casey” Lambert at his summer home on Lake Minocqua in northern Wisconsin.

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1918 Thomas-Morse Scout S4C - N38899

11/3/2016 2:06:00 PM

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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1955 Corben Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace Model C – N9050C

9/15/2016 11:03:00 AM

That’s the first sentence in the last paragraph of Bill Parker’s “Editor’s Workbench” column in the May, 1955 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine.

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1945 Lockheed P-38L Lightning - N3800L

8/11/2016 9:33:00 AM

Built in 1945, this P-38 saw action as a fighter in WWII and later served as a civilian mapping platform.

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1896 Chanute Hang Glider Replica

Octave Chanute, a successful railroad design engineer, designed and built a hang glider in 1896. Octave used the glider in his efforts to learn how to control a flying machine.

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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.

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1911 Wright Flyer Model B Replica - N1911L

A flying copy of the a 1911 Wright Flyer Model B was donated in 2011 by EAA Chapter 610, New Carlisle, Ohio, which built the aircraft over a four-year span beginning in 2001. 

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1912 Bates Monoplane

The 1912 Bates Monoplane was built by Carl S. Bates at Cicero Field near Chicago. Bates was a farm boy from Clear Lake, Iowa, who became interested in flying at an early age.

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1912 Curtiss A-1 Pusher 'Sweetheart' - N24034

Built in the Glen H. Curtiss shops at Hammondsport, New York, in 1912, the Curtiss Pusher Model E-8-75 was shipped to San Diego, California and used for pilot training at the Curtiss facility on Coronado Island.

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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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