I traveled to Oshkosh, WI on Sunday for work and decided to visit the EAA AirVenture museum while I had the time. What's the EAA, you ask ? The EAA is the Experimental Aircraft Association comprised of aviation enthusiasts, corporations, and organizations across the globe. Founded in 1953 by Paul Poberezny (RIP, 2013-08-22) in his garage (!), the EAA is now over 180,000 strong and headquartered in Oshkosh, WI, in the same building that houses the EAA AirVenture museum.
(Pictured above, the main museum entry and gallery. The Wright Flyer is front and center.)
The museum has several display spaces, theaters, and a large hanger to display more than 200 historic aircraft and scores of interesting artifacts, engines, and historic aircraft parts. More than a dozen of their aircraft _are airworthy_ and are flown during the summer season from a detached hanger across the airfield. There is plenty to keep you occupied within the museum. Hands-on interactive displays (for kids both young and old), flight simulators, engine parts, dioramas, and several 'walk through' displays to give you a sense for life in the U.S. military around aircraft in the mid 20th century. I only had 2 hours to scurry through the museum, but an avid aviation enthusiast could spend an entire day (7 hours @ EAA, 1000-1700 CST) gawking at the collection. Below you will find a bunch of photos I snapped with my PotatoDroid (LG G2), and while it has a 13MP sensor and does well in dim light, I didn't have time to compose and snap perfect pics of all of the goodies here. My apologies for image quality – you'll just have to go see for yourself !
SpaceShipOne (Voyager fuselage and other Rutan creations in the background):
The Spirit of St. Louis (reproduction):
A Zivko Edge 540 dangling inverted:
More aircraft in the racing gallery:
It's an Aeroplane. No, it's a car. NO ! It's an AeroCar !
'Eagle Hanger' where the historic warbirds are displayed:
P-38 Lightning ('Marge'):
B-25 Mitchell in all of it's glory:
Remember how to bail out of your B-25!:
Messerschmitt BF109 Fighter:
A cute diorama of a P-51 being fueled in the field:
Paul Poberezny's P-51:
'Red One' beetle:
A Model of CV-6 USS Enterprise:
'The engine shop':
Wright Cyclone 18 R-3350 34:
Rolls Royce Merlin:
Another V-12 (unk – anyone recognize this ?):
Turbo the size of a deep dish pizza ! (used on large radial engines for bombers)
There is so much more to see, and experience at the museum. It's really a great place for any aviation enthusiast to see.
Just 3.5 months to the Fly-In !