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 Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace Model C – N9050C

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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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1959 Poberezny P-5 'Pober Sport' - N51G

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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1959 Hegy R.C.H.I. 'El Chuparosa' - N9360

The El Chuparosa originated as a chalk sketch on a wall in builder and designer Ray Hegy’s workshop in 1948.

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1960 EAA Biplane A-1 (P-2) Prototype - N6077V

The EAA Biplane was one the first original designs published by the Experimental Aircraft Association. A popular and successful design in its own right, the EAA Biplane was also the forerunner of EAA’s popular Acro Sport series of aerobatic homebuilts.

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1964 Roloff/Unger RLU-1 Breezy - N59Y

Charley Roloff, Carl Unger, and Bob Liposky designed and constructed the Breezy in 1964. An instant success from the beginning, the Breezy made its first appearance at the EAA Fly-In at Rockford, Illinois in 1965.

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1970 Brock KB-2 'Gyroplane' Autogyro - N2303

Ken Brock was a leader in the development and promotion of autogyro flight and homebuilt autogyro kits. The museum’s 1970 KB-2 Gyroplane™ was one of Brock’s personal demonstrator aircraft and was donated by Ken Brock.

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1971 Van's RV-3 - N17RV

When Dick VanGrunsven’s RV-3 prototype first appeared at the 1972 EAA Oshkosh Convention, it didn’t attract a lot of attention—probably not as much as it should have.

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1979 Van's RV-4 - N14RV

Dick VanGrunsven’s definition of sport flying included frolicking about the sky in a plane well endowed for three dimensional flight, capable of virtually becoming an extension of a pilot’s will and limbs.

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1982 Eipper/Burgher Quicksilver MX-1

A Quicksilver MX-1 had a true three-axis flight control system which allowed it to achieve unique maneuverability.

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1983 RotorWay/Nitz Executive - N3WN

Walter Nitz, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, bought his RotorWay Exec kit in 1982. The kit was a right to the last nut and bolt, 49% amateur built, FAA approved kit, and everything in the kit was packaged and labeled for clarity in assembly.

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