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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A Trip Back in Time

A walk through the EAA Aviation Museum is a walk through history. Delve into our exhibits and discover innovations and advancements from the fledgling days of flight.

Pioneer Airport

From May through October, a short tram ride from the museum takes you to Pioneer Airport, 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.

More than 50 vintage airplanes are displayed in seven period hangars designed to take you back to aviation’s golden age of the 1920s and ‘30s. Fascinating displays include a tribute to the legendary air racer, designer, and builder Steve Wittman.

Younger visitors will enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes. For kids aged between 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available.

Most important of all, Pioneer Airport is a place to savor the sights and sounds of vintage flying machines in their “natural habitat.”

Weather permitting, flights take place from Pioneer Airport’s grass runway every day during the season. You may also see demonstration flights from planes such as EAA’s replica of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and the stunning Pitcairn Mailwing biplane once flown by Howard Hughes.

Hours of Operation

Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Pioneer Airport is closed for flights during EAA AirVenture, but the hangars are open for visitors to wander around.)

Open Saturday and Sunday in May, September and October, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1911 Wright Flyer Model B Replica - N1911L

A flying copy of the a 1911 Wright Flyer Model B was donated in 2011 by EAA Chapter 610, New Carlisle, Ohio, which built the aircraft... Read More

1927 Swallow - N4028

EAA’s 1927 Swallow open-cockpit biplane is believed to be the oldest aircraft still available to the public for passenger... Read More

1928 Folkerts Henderson Highwing - 8902

The Folkerts Henderson Highwing is an early, one-of-a-kind homebuilt aircraft.

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1928 Waco 10 (ATO) 'Taperwing' - NC5814

The Waco 10 was developed in the mid-1920s, but was not the docile airplane designers had expected.

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1928 Waco CTO Taperwing - NC7527

The Waco Taperwing was designed near the end of the open cockpit biplane era of big, sleek, powerful aircraft.

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1929 Pheasant H-10 - NC151N

Started in Memphis, Missouri, in 1928, the Pheasant Aircraft Company moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in 1930 following the death of... Read More

1929 Curtiss-Wright Model B-2 Robin - N50H

Modifying and updating an antique aircraft must always be accomplished with great care and an understanding of structures.

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1929 Travel Air E-4000 - NC648H

EAA’s 1929 Travel Air E-4000 open-cockpit biplane (NC648H, serial number 1224) is among the last flying examples of the aircraft... Read More

1930 Kreider-Reisner KR-21B - N954V

The Kreider-Reisner KR-21-B was a more powerful version of the popular KR-21-A trainer.

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1930 Lincoln PT-K - N275N

The Lincoln PT-K model was the next development of the Lincoln-Page PT, designed specifically as a flight training or low cost sport... Read More

1930 Driggers 1-A - N891H

The Driggers A, “Sunshine Girl 3rd,” parasol monoplane is a classic 1930s homebuilt aircraft.

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1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing - NC95W

The Pitcairn Mailwing’s beauty hides its role as a rugged workhorse aircraft.

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1933 Fairchild 24 Model C-8 - NC13191

The Fairchild 24 C-8 is a high-wing cabin monoplane with comfortable side-by-side seating for two.

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1933 Great Lakes 2T-1A Sport Trainer - N77RF

The Great Lakes Aircraft Company designed the 2T-1A Sport Trainer in 90 days.

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1936 Rider/Elmendorf R-5 'Jackrabbit' - NX264Y

Veteran California race plane builder Keith Rider built two new racers for the 1936 season that were essentially identical, the R-4... Read More

1936 Aeronca C-3 Master - N16291

The two-seat Aeronca C-3 was dubbed the “flying bathtub” because of its unusual fuselage shape.

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1937 Mignet Pou du Ciel 'Flying Flea' - N43993

The ME2Y/HM20 Flying Flea was built primarily by the designer, Henri Mignet, during the summer of 1937.

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1937 Ryan SCW-145 - NC17372

T. Claude Ryan, an early aeronautical genius, first conceived of a revolutionary luxurious cabin aircraft in 1935.

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1937 Spartan 7W Executive - NC13993

The Spartan 7W Executive is a five-place all metal monoplane that features retractable landing gear and a luxurious interior.

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1938 Wittman Buttercup Model W - N18268

Steve Wittman designed and built Buttercup in 1938 and, over the years, it has featured a variety of innovations including - tapered... Read More

1938 Rearwin 6000M 'Speedster' - N20741

The Speedster was designed by Noel Hockaday and Doug Webber in 1932 and designated Model 6000.

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1939 Waco ARE - NC20953

The Waco ARE is one of several different aircraft owned by the New York Daily News newspaper.

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1939 Haufe-Dale Hawk 2 - N18278

The Hawk 2 was constructed in 1939 by Walter Haufe and Leland Hanselman.

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1940 Funk B - NC24116

The Funk B is a high-wing monoplane designed for the $700 aircraft program of the 1930s.

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1940 Rearwin 8135 Cloudster - N4404W

The 1940 Rearwin Cloudster was donated to EAA in 2012 by Ed McKeown, EAA 212386/Vintage 32087, Village of Lakewood, Illinois.

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1941 Pitcairn PA-39 Autogiro - N3908

The autogiro has some characteristics similar to an airplane, and some similar to a helicopter.

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1941 Ercoupe Model 415-C - NC28961

The Ercoupe 415-C was type certified as a non-spinnable aircraft. This low-winged cabin monoplane had side by side seating for two and... Read More

1941 Monocoupe 90AW 'Little Mulligan' - N38904

The Monocoupe 90 first appeared on the market in 1930. The Model 90 quickly proved to be a lively combination of soft, round curves... Read More

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

EAA’s de Havilland D.H.82C Tiger Moth is one of the earliest aircraft in its collection, having been donated by Royal Canadian... Read More

1949 Monocoupe 110 'Clipwing' Special - N15E

The Clipwing is a modified Monocoupe 110 with a wingspan shortened by 9 feet.

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