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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Fokker/Redfern Dr. I Triplane Replica - N105RF

Location: Antiques & Classics

EAA’s replica Fokker Dr.I Triplane was built by Walter W. Redfern, EAA 143, and first flown on July 24, 1964. The triplane is arguably the most recognizable fighter of World War I. This example brings the nostalgia and romance of the World War I “knights of the air” to life.

The Fokker Dr.I was flown by many aces of WWI, including the famous Manfred von Richthofen. Although the triplane is closely associated with von Richthofen, very few of his 80 victories were actually flown in a Dr.I. By the time the Dr.I was ready for active service, von Richthofen was the commander of Jagdgeschwader 1 (Fighter Wing 1) with 60 victories to his credit. The “Red Baron,” as von Richthofen was known, flew a blood red triplane. EAA’s triplane is painted in the colors of Lt. Hans Weiss of Jasta 11, part of von Richthofen’s “Flying Circus.”

The engine used in the aircraft was a Le Rhône type 9Ja, nine-cylinder, 120-hp rotary or others based on the Le Rhône design. Being a rotary engine meant that the crankshaft was bolted to the firewall and the propeller was bolted to the engine. Thus the entire engine and propeller would rotate around a stationary crankshaft.

The maximum speed was estimated to be about 115 mph with an endurance of about 90 minutes. The fuselage and empennage are welded steel tubing, the wings are wood, and the airframe is covered with fabric. The Dr.I was armed with two Spandau machine guns that were synchronized with the propeller so that when fired, the bullets would pass through the propeller arc without striking the blades.

In late 1916, the first triplane fighter appeared over the front lines. The aircraft was not a German Fokker but an English Sopwith. The appearance of the English triplane concerned the German Flying Corps enough that they ordered a triplane to be designed to counter the threat. Two manufacturers came up with flyable triplane designs with Fokker winning the production contract. The triplane was not as fast as its opposing ships, but it was untouched in climbing and maneuverability. von Richthofen is quoted as saying, “It climbed like a monkey and maneuvered like the devil.”

A total of 320 Fokker Triplanes were produced during WWI, a much smaller number than its counterparts, such as Camels and SPADs, which were produced in the thousands. No original Dr.I examples still exist, but numerous replicas in varying scales have been built and flown.

Fokker Dr.I Design and Construction

The Fokker Dr.I was designed and built with the standard methods of the time. The fuselage was welded steel tubing with cross wire bracing. Cross wire bracing was key to the design in that it created a very stiff and rugged frame. The sides were covered with plywood sheets and the entire fuselage was covered with fabric.

The wings of the triplane were made mostly of wood. All three wings were of the same basic design and construction. Box spars made of spruce and plywood formed a very strong basis for each wing. Ribs made of pine and plywood were used throughout. The leading edge of each wing was covered with plywood and the entire wing was covered in fabric. The middle wing was unique in that it had cutouts that provided better visibility while operating on the ground. Only the upper wing had ailerons. All of the control surfaces – ailerons, elevator, and rudder – were constructed of fabric-covered welded steel frames. This is also true for the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.


The Dr.I instruments were extremely minimal by today’s standards. There was a compass, fuel gauge, and ignition switch. A few models also had a tachometer and an anemometer for airspeed.

Control System

The control system consisted of a control stick, rudder bar, and engine controls. The control stick operated the elevator and ailerons. On top of the stick were two grips. On the right was a fixed wooden grip; on the left, a wooden grip that could be moved fore and aft to throttle the engine. Between the grips was a button to fire one or both of the machine guns. The rudder was a simple pivoting rudder bar with stirrups into which the pilot could strap his feet. On the left side of the cockpit were two engine controls, a carburetor lever, and an auto-release lever. The carburetor lever regulated the flow of the combustion mixture in the carburetor. The auto-release lever could be twisted to control the fuel flow valve located on the fuel tank.

Our replica was ultimately donated to the EAA AirVenture Museum by Robert Fergus.

Aircraft Make & Model: Redfern Fokker Dr.I Triplane Replica
Length: 18 feet 11 inches
Wingspan (upper): 23 feet 7 inches
Wingspan (middle):
20 feet 5 inches
Wingspan (lower):
18 feet 6 inches
Height: 9 feet 8 inches
Empty Weight: 895 pounds

Gross Weight: 1,295 pounds

Seats: 1
Powerplant: Warner Scarab seven-cylinder radial
Horsepower: 145 hp
Maximum Speed: 120 mph

Armament: 2 7.92mm Spandau Light Machine Guns (reproductions)