On the Experimental Aircraft Association’s grounds, you’ll find a true piece of aviation history. The Pioneer Airport brings to life the early days of aviation, a time when Americans were awed and inspired by the daring feats of pilots from America and around the world. The overall layout of the airport reflects what an airport would have looked like in the 1930s. For history and aviation buffs, it’s a fascinating place to explore.
The Pioneer Airport is part of the EAA AirVenture Museum and is included in the regular admission price. From May through October, a tram takes visitors from the museum to the Pioneer Airport’s seven hangars filled with more than 50 different vintage airplanes. There’s no better place in the world to experience the magic of the “Golden Era” of American aviation.
One of the best things about the Pioneer Airport is that it is an active airfield. Throughout the day, visitors will see airplanes landing and taking off on the grass runway. And, best of all, there are opportunities for you to be flying in one of those airplanes!
Flights are available in a number of vintage aircraft, including the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E-400, 1927 Swallow and a Bell 47 Helicopter (which looks just like the ones you saw on M*A*S*H). Costs for flights range from $45 to $90.
During the fall, the EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor takes passengers high up above the Oshkosh area to witness the breathtaking colors of the season. See amber-hued fields and brilliantly colored forests. The flight lasts between 20 and 25 minutes, but the memory will last a lifetime. The color flights take place in early October and generally cost about $65 for adults and $55 for children.
For current flight information, call the Pioneer Airport Office at 920-426-4867.
The Pioneer Airport is open Memorial through Labor Day seven days a week. In May, September and October, the airport is open weekends only. Don’t miss this incredible aviation experience.