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

On Saturday, June 20, members of EAA Ultralight Chapters 1, 75, and 1331 will 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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Pitts S-1, S-1S Specials 'Red Devils' – N442X, N9J, N58J

Location: Museum Lobby

The Red Devils aircraft are Pitts Special biplanes designed by Curtis Pitts. In a two-part article in Sport Aviation, May 1973, Tom Poberezny wrote about this aircraft and Curtis Pitts.

In the article, there is mention of a film, “We Came to Win.” This was a documentary done on the U.S. victory at the 7th World Aerobatic Championships. In the film there is a taped interview with Curtis Pitts. Read what he had to say about his design.

“It’s an old fashioned airplane, using the engineering knowledge that we’ve had since back in the mid-20’s. We’ve tried to keep it light, and in doing this we’ve tried to keep it small. We’ve tried to keep a good horse-power-to-weight ratio. We’ve tried to keep it clean enough to where it didn’t completely poop-out on the up-lines. And that’s just about the substance of making a good aerobatic airplane.”

The original design of the Pitts Special was actually started in 1942 with the intent of building a good performing, low-powered aircraft, for use in aerobatics exclusively. Powered by a 55-hp Lycoming engine, the original Pitts Special made its maiden flight in 1945 with Curtis at the controls. The airplane, weighing less than 500 pounds, flew well with the little Lycoming power plant. Shortly thereafter, the Lycoming was replaced with a 90-hp Franklin engine that had a “home-brewed” inverted system. There were many problems with the inverted system and the aircraft was eventually lost in an accident.

After building and selling a second Pitts Special “Li’l Stinker” to Jess Bristow who sold it to Betty Skelton, Curtis built a third Pitts Special “Black Magic” for Caro Bayley who worked for Jess Bristow. This third Pitts was the first equipped with a 125-hp engine and a “new-old” injection system reworked from an old Excello system to fit the Lycoming. The wings and forward portion of the fuselage were re-engineered to compensate for the increased power and gross weight. Curtis was not the only one building his design at that time. Billy Williams from OK stopped by for a visit and left with the shop plans for the little biplane. Williams never completed the project and it ended up in the hands of Dean Case of KS. He finished the plane, called it “Joy’s Toy,” and his daughter Joyce Case flew it at numerous air shows. Dean also built five other Pitts in that period. Another Pitts was built by Jim Meeks and modified to use a 170-hp Lycoming. He called the plane “Mr. Muscles.” The building of these aircraft took place from 1945 to 1959.

In the mid-1950s, the Pitts family moved to Gainesville, Florida, and still operated their crop dusting business, but there were folks who were pestering Curtis to make plans for his design available. Through the prodding of Pat Ledford, the old shop drawings were redrawn by a professional draftsman and N8L was built to prove construction of the new plans. The major change to the design was the symmetrical wing. Various aerobatic pilots tested the new wings and their comments were invaluable in making the necessary modifications. The first set of symmetrical wings had only a single set of ailerons on the lower wings. It wasn’t until 1967 that the 4-aileron, symmetrical wing was built. The plans were made available in 1962 and by 1973, more than 300 Pitts Specials were completed.

The original Red Devils team was Gene Soucy, Marion Cole, and Bob Heuer. They all flew red and white Pitts Specials and first appeared at the 1969 EAA Fly-In and Convention at Rockford, IL. Later, Marion Cole and Bob Heuer left the team and then Tom Poberezny and Charlie Hillard joined with Gene to continue the act. Red Devil N58J, Tom Poberezny’s aircraft was built by Tom, his Dad Paul and a few other friends. Red Devil N442X, Charlie Hillard’s aircraft was built by Bob Heuer, the first IAC President. N9J, Gene Soucy’s aircraft was built by the Pitts factory. All three aircraft are on display in the Grand Lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum along with the three Eagles aircraft that were used after the Pitts Specials were retired.

S-1S (N9J)

Gross Weight

1150 lbs.

Empty Weight

720 lbs.

Useful Load

448 lbs.

Fuel Capacity

20 gals.

Length

15 ft. 6 in.

Height

6 ft. 3 in.

Span

17 ft. 4 in.

Wing Area

98 ½ sq.ft.

Top Speed

176 mph

Stall Speed

62 mph

Rate of Climb

2600 fpm

Rate of Roll

180 deg/sec

Powerplant

Lycoming IO-360-B4A

S-1 (N442X and N58J)

Gross Weight

1050 lbs.

Empty Weight

717 lbs.

Length

15 ft. 6 in.

Height

6 ft. 3 in.

Span-lower

15 ft. 6 in.

Span-upper

17 ft. 4 in.

Wing Area-lower

44.43 sq. in.

Wing Area-upper

50.07 sq. in.

Top Speed

176 mph

Stall Speed

57 mph

Rate of Climb

2640 fpm

Rate of Roll

135 deg/sec

Powerplant

IO-360-B4A in N58J, IO-360-A1A in N442X