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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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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1942 de Havilland D.H.82C Tiger Moth - N667EA (CF-IVO)

Location: Pioneer Airport

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EAA’s de Havilland D.H.82C Tiger Moth is one of the earliest aircraft in its collection, having been donated by Royal Canadian Air Force Chaplin Fr. John MacGillivray (EAA #3974) following the 1964 EAA Convention and Fly-In at Rockford.

Early in 1948, as part of the build-up to establish technical training for its air mechanics, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) acquired three ex-Royal Canadian Air Force D.H.82C Tiger Moths from civilian sources. The first Tiger Moth served with Fleet Requirements Unit 743 providing support to the fleet, while the remaining two were maintenance trainers. In 1949, two Tiger Moths were retired from the RCN and the third was dismantled and placed in storage. In the summer 1954 it was reassembled and used as a general utility aircraft until finally being struck off RCN strength in November 1957. This aircraft was acquired in mid 1958 by Father John MacGillivary, a Roman Catholic Chaplin based with the RCAF at Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The Moth was registered as CF-IVO and was painted navy blue with white wings and accent trim and red wing struts.

Fr. MacGillivray had a passion for flying and obtained his private pilot’s license in March 1956 while stationed with the RCAF in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He had logged very little flying time in a Cessna 140, when he acquired CF-IVO. Regardless of experience, he set about to explore his immediate surroundings in Canada’s Maritime Provinces with short cross country hops to places like Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and New Glasgow.

By the summer 1959, Fr. MacGillivray was ready to spread his wings. With a fresh membership in a new organization called EAA, he decided to venture off to the annual EAA convention and fly-in at Rockford, Illinois. This was a serious undertaking for a low-time pilot on his first long trip in an aircraft that by today’s standards was very under equipped. Navigation was by dead reckoning and compass and the trip was made without radio communications. He departed Moncton, NB on August 3rd and arrived at Rockford on August 8 with stops at fourteen towns in Canada and the U.S. While at Rockford, he had the opportunity to meet a number of EAA pioneers who were to become close friends in the decades that followed. These included Marty and Ruth Haedtler, Paul Poberezny, Steve Wittman, and, as he said at the time, “more swell people than I can remember.”

After a two-day visit to the Rockford Fly-in, Fr. John reversed his route and returned to Nova Scotia arriving there on August 13. The trip lasted 10 days and he logged 39 hours and 40 minutes, but it was the start of a lifelong love affair with EAA. Apart from a two year posting to Germany, he never missed an EAA convention until his death in 1995. Fr. MacGillivray’s account of that first trip to Rockford appeared in the October 1959 edition of Sport Aviation and it describes vividly the experience and the emotions he felt.

By the time the EAA Fly-in rolled around in the summer 1961 Fr. MacGillivray was posted with the RCAF to Baden-Soellingen, Germany so the Moth remained in Summerside until June 1963 when he returned to Canada. On July 19 of that year he was off to Rockford again.

During his European posting Fr. MacGillivray purchased a 1935 Miles Hawk and had it shipped to Canada where it was registered as CF-NXT. Both airplanes were hangared at his new posting, RCAF Station Chatham, New Brunswick. You can only fly one airplane at a time, so it was decided that “IVO” would be donated to the EAA museum following the 1964 Fly-in. On August 9, 1964, CF-IVO carried its last passenger, Pete Bowers, at the Rockford fly-in.

Aircraft researched by EAA volunteer Jack Neima (nephew of Fr. John MacGillivray).


145 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major 1C four cylinder inverted air cooled

Length Overall:

23 ft. 11 in.

Height Overall:

8 ft. 10 in.

Wingspan (upper):

29 ft. 4 in.


Two (tandem) enclosed cockpits, dual controls, solo from rear seat

Landing Gear:

Conventional with tailwheel instead of skid

Wheel Track:

5 ft. 3 in.

Gross Wing Area:

239 sq. ft.


2 bladed, wooden fixed pitch

Gross Weight:

1,825 lb.

Empty Weight:

1,200 lb.

Useful Load:

625 lb.

Maximum Cruising Speed:

107 mph

Normal Cruising Speed (sl.):

90 mph

Maximum Diving Speed:

180 mph (max RPM in dive 2400)

Rate of Climb:

635 ft. per min.

Service Ceiling:

14,600 ft.

Fuel Capacity:

19 imp. gal.

Oil Capacity:

2.1 imp. gal. in externally mounted tank

Cruising Range:

275 miles