EAA Aviation Museum

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EAA Aviation Museum
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EAA Aviation Museum
Former name
EAA AirVenture Museum
Established1983;38 years ago (1983)
Location Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°59′03″N088°34′42″W / 43.98417°N 88.57833°W / 43.98417; -88.57833
Type Aviation Museum
Collection size~200 aircraft
Owner Experimental Aircraft Association
Nearest car parkOn site (no charge)
Website EAA.org/museum
Eagle Hangar at the EAA Aviation Museum EAAAirAdventureMuseumEagleHangar.jpg
Eagle Hangar at the EAA Aviation Museum
Panorama shot of the Eagle Hangar. EAA Museum Eagle Hangar Panorama.jpg
Panorama shot of the Eagle Hangar.
Eagles Aerobatic Team aircraft, flown by Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy, on display in the EAA Aviation Museum entrance Eagles Aerobatic Team Display.jpg
Eagles Aerobatic Team aircraft, flown by Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy, on display in the EAA Aviation Museum entrance
EAA Air Adventure Museum sign on Interstate 41 EAAAirAdventureMuseumSign.jpg
EAA Air Adventure Museum sign on Interstate 41

The EAA Aviation Museum, formerly the EAA AirVenture Museum (or Air Adventure Museum), [1] is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of historic and experimental aircraft as well as antiques, classics, and warbirds. The museum is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, adjacent to Wittman Regional Airport, home of the museum's sponsoring organization, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the organization's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event (the world's biggest fly-in and airshow) that takes place in late July/early August.

Contents

With over 200 aircraft, indoors and outdoors, and other exhibits and activities (including occasional aircraft rides nearby), the AirVenture Museum is a key tourist attraction in Oshkosh and is a center of activity throughout the AirVenture fly-in and airshow each summer. The museum is open year-round with the exception of a few holidays.

History

EAA founder Paul Poberezny proposed the idea of the EAA Air Museum-Air Education center in August 1958. [2] In the late 1970s, Paul's son, EAA president Tom Poberezny, led the campaign to build the current updated EAA museum and headquarters, which was officially opened in 1983.

Features and exhibits

The museum's collection displays more than 200 aircraft [3] and 20,000 artifacts, [4] including civilian and military aircraft of historic importance, and aircraft popular with aviation hobbyists—vintage, homebuilt, racing and stunt aircraft.

Some of the more historic and unusual planes include a Curtiss Pusher, Bleriot XI, Curtiss Jenny, Pitcairn PCA-2 autogyro, Sikorsky S-38 amphibian flying boat, and the Taylor Aerocar flying car, as well various warbirds and Golden Age aircraft.

Other exhibits include functional replicas of the Wright Flyer and its predecessor, Octave Chanute's hang glider, French and German World War I fighters, Lindbergh's Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis" replica (flown in the movie), and a replica of the historic Laird Super Solution 1931 racer.

A large section on Burt Rutan's aircraft includes a portion of his homebuilts, replicas of his globe-circling Rutan Voyager and the first private spacecraft, Space Ship One, crafted by Rutan's own shop.

The museum has a variety of donated aircraft, including the Church Midwing, Funk B, Monnett Moni, and many homebuilt and kitplane aircraft (some foreign)—many built by the original designers. Notable homebuilts on display consist of Van's Aircraft's Van's RV-3, designed by Richard VanGrunsven, Christen Industries' Christen Eagle II, designed by Frank Christensen, and Cirrus Aircraft's first model, the Cirrus VK-30, designed by the Klapmeier brothers.

Pioneer Airport

Pioneer Airport, is an old grass airstrip immediately behind the museum.

Rides

Aircraft rides are offered through various EAA programs at the Museum's Pioneer Airport, or at the adjoining Wittman Field, especially during AirVenture Fly-In and Airshow, typically in late summer.

Ford Tri-Motor rides

A 1920s/1930s vintage Ford Tri-Motor airliner sells rides occasionally at adjoining Wittman Field. [5] A particular program is the Fall Colors Flights, short flights to view colorful fall foliage in the area. [6]

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress rides

The EAA's 1940s-vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress World War II bomber, the Aluminum Overcast, sells rides occasionally at adjoining Wittman Field. [7]

Helicopter rides

Helicopter rides, typically in Bell 47 ("MASH") helicopters are available occasionally at adjacent Pioneer Airport, or from adjoining Wittman Field.

Children's section

The museum includes a children's section which provides extensive hands-on aviation-related exhibits and activities, plus a "control tower" observation platform overlooking Pioneer Airport. [3]

Library

The EAA library has been open to EAA members since 1985.

Location

The EAA Museum is near the northwest corner of the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport, on the southeast side of the interchange connecting Interstate 41 with Wisconsin state highways 44 and 91.

See also

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References

  1. "EAA changes name of its museum". Northwestern Media. February 24, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  2. Sport Aviation. February 1960.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 1 2 "Visitor Information" topic, EAA AirVenture Museum section, EAA official website
  4. "Collections" topic in "EAA Museum" section, official EAA website
  5. Ford Tri-Motor Tour topic, "Flight Experiences" section, EAA official website, as retrieved April 2, 2015
  6. "Of fall flights, sights, and frights", Wisconsin Traveler Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, October 2009, as retrieved April 2, 2015
  7. B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour topic, "Flight Experiences" section, EAA official website, as retrieved April 2, 2015

Coordinates: 43°59′16″N88°34′40″W / 43.987813°N 88.577785°W / 43.987813; -88.577785