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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1946 de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito B.35 - N35MK

Location: Eagle Hangar

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One of the seminal combat aircraft of World War II, Geoffrey de Havilland's DH.98 Mosquito, was without peer. It was equally at home at the heady heights required for high altitude reconnaissance as it was skimming tree tops in daring low-level precision raids attacking targets with rockets and bombs. The sleek, all-wooden machine could carry impressive loads across great distances at incredible speeds for a twin-engine bomber, but was initially unwanted by the British Air Ministry.


In a letter dated September 20, 1939, to Air Marshal Sir Wilfrid R. Freeman, air member for development and production, aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland outlined his proposal for a “high speed unarmed bomber” constructed out of non-strategic materials that could fly at level speeds faster than current fighters in service. The very concept of the proposal went against the grain of traditional bomber philosophy within the Royal Air Force, but Freeman instantly approved, placing his reputation on the line in support of de Havilland's bold ideas. As a result, the DH.98 was initially known as Freeman's Folly.


The first example was built by hand in total secrecy with company money on the grounds of Salisbury Hall, a mansion house not far from the de Havilland production facility at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. First flown on November 25, 1940, by chief test pilot Geoffrey de Havilland Jr., the bright yellow machine was sent to Boscombe Down in Wiltshire where it was extensively tested. Initial impressions were entirely favorable; in performance trials the machine exceeded even the manufacturer's expectations, achieving a level speed of 388 mph at 22,000 feet during one test flight.


Two further prototypes followed in early 1941; a dedicated night fighter equipped with four 20-mm cannon and four .303-inch machine guns, and a high altitude photographic reconnaissance variant. It was the latter version that entered operational service first, with the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at RAF Benson on July 14 that year.


In spite of production orders being placed as early as March 1940, the first Mosquitos did not appear on bomber squadron operations books until November 1941. On the 15th of that month, the first B Mk.IV arrived at Swanton Morley to equip 105 Squadron, formerly operating the obsolete Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV. As with most other units operating the Mosquito over the next three years, the young airmen of 105 Squadron were instantly impressed with the machine; with suitable modification it could carry 4,000 pounds of bombs deep into the heart of Germany with relative impunity.


Meanwhile, further variants of the Mosquito were being built for the other commands within the RAF and the Royal Navy, the FB Mk.VI fighter-bomber, equipped with cannons and machine guns could mount a varied array of weaponry, including four rail launched unguided rocket projectiles under each wing. With RAF Coastal Command, the FB.VI was a formidable anti-shipping weapon, skimming the wave tops on approach to their targets.


One of the most unusual weapons the Mosquito was converted to carry was the Highball anti-shipping bouncing bomb, developed by talented engineer Barnes Wallis. In spite of the success of 617 Squadron's attack on the dams in the Ruhr valley on May 16-17, 1943, using bouncing bombs carried by Avro Lancaster bombers, the 'Highball' bomb never entered service with 618 Squadron and their Mosquitos.


Not all users of de Havilland's “Wooden Wonder” were entirely impressed with the machine however; its unconventional construction conspired against it during operations in the humid China-Burma-India Theater of operations. Squadrons equipping with the Mosquito after using the Bristol Beaufighter in Burma shortly swapped the Mossie back for the Beaufighter again due to failures of the Mosquito's wooden wing spar in the heat. Subsequently, all Mosquitos diverted to the Far East had inspection panels cut into the wing roots to enable the spars to be inspected for weakness.


A perhaps unsurprising role for the Mosquito during wartime was as a high-speed transport. British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) flew a small number of Mk.VIs with their armament removed and a modified bomb bay converted to carry passengers in very cramped conditions. By the end of the war, some 520 round flights had been made to neutral Sweden by BOAC Mosquitos.


With the end of the war, production of the Mosquito continued and surplus examples were exported to many nations around the world, re-equipping their air forces with the multi-role bomber. Post-war saw a scaling down of operations within the British armed forces, the roles altering as the machine was phased out of frontline service. The last variant in RAF use was converting B.35 bombers into the TT.35 target tug. The biggest difficulty found with the Mosquito was how to replace it in its multitude of uses; the English Electric Canberra jet bomber adequately filled this mammoth task in 1951, the concept of the high-speed unarmed bomber was in line with the design philosophy of that aircraft.


The last examples of de Havilland's wonder plane rolled off the production lines in 1950. A grand total of 7,781 examples were built in more than 30 variants in Australia, Canada, and England by the time production ended. Remarkably, the first prototype, serial W4050 still survives, at its birthplace in a small museum at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, Hertfordshire.


One of the most fitting tributes to the Mosquito comes from the commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe during the World War II, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, whose radio address in Berlin in January 1943 was taken off the air by a low-level attack by 105 Squadron Mosquitos. "It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito, I turn green and yellow with envy! The British, who can afford aluminum better that we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set – then at least I'll own something that has always worked."


The example in the EAA AirVenture Museum was built as a B.35 but later converted to a TT.35 and is on long-term loan from the collection of Kermit Weeks.


Aircraft researched by EAA volunteer Grant Newman


Aircraft Make & Model: de Havillind DH.98 Mosquito B.35
Length: 40 feet 6 inches (41 feet 6 inches after TT.35 conversion)
Wingspan: 54 feet 2 inches
Height:  12 feet 6 inches
Maximum Loaded Weight: 25,200 pounds

Seats: 2
Powerplants: 2 Rolls-Royce 114A Merlin V-12 piston engines
Horsepower: 1,710 hp
Maximum Speed: 415 mph

Maximum Cruise Speed: 375 mph at 37,000 feet

Service Ceiling: 37,000 feet

Maximum Range: 1,955 miles

Armament:  4,000-pound bomb load