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Pioneer Airport Overview

During the summer months (May-October), a short tram ride from the museum takes you to Pioneer Airport, our 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 1920’s and 30’s. 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


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Airplane Rides

Local flights may be available in the following aircraft:
(All flights are subject to weather conditions and aircraft availability. Call the Pioneer Airport Office 920-426-4867 for updated information. Please note that visitors are required to pay Museum admission in addition to the prices quoted below.)

1929 Ford Tri-Motor
The first mass-produced airliner.
Seats up to 9 passengers. Available for rides during special events held at Pioneer Airport. Call 920-426-4867 for more information.

Upcoming dates:

May 11-12, May 18-19, May 25-27
$70 per adult in advance (walk-up price is $75), $50 per child 17 and under.
Book today!


1929 Travel Air E-4000
A classic open-cockpit biplane.
Seats 1 passenger, $75.

Must be 16 years of age to ride.

1927 Swallow
This unique and newly restored bi-plane is a dream flight. Seats one passenger, $75. Must be 16 years of age to ride.

Bell 47 Helicopter
"M*A*S*H" helicopter, seats up to 2 passengers. Available for rides during special events held at the Pioneer Airport. Call 920-426-4867 for more information.
$45 for 1 passenger; $90 for 2.

Visitor Information

Pioneer Airport is open on Saturdays and Sundays from the first weekend in May until the second weekend in October. From Memorial Day to Labor Day it is open every day of the week. Pioneer Airport is closed for flights during the annual EAA AirVenture convention, but the hangars are open for visitors to wander around. There are regular special activities through the season, more information can be found on our
Special Events and Programs page.

Memorial Day to Labor Day open seven days a week:

Monday – Sunday 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM

May, September and October- weekends only

Pioneer Airport admission is included with general AirVenture Museum admission. It is not possible to visit Pioneer Airport without a general Museum admission ticket. Museum admission rates can be found

Flights for Minors
Anyone under the age of 18 is required to have an EAA waiver form co-signed by their parent or legal guardian. If a parent or legal guardian is not present at boarding to sign, the minor will not be able to fly. This is true for Young Eagle flights as well as vintage aircraft flights.

Pioneer Airport is located behind the Museum. Visitors should park in the Museum parking lot and enter through the main Museum entrance. A free shuttle service runs to and from Pioneer Airport throughout the day from the Museum. It is not possible to access Pioneer Airport other than through the Museum.

Flight Reservations
Flight reservations are generally not made in advance. Flights are sold “on the day” at Pioneer Airport and passengers assigned to the next available flight. There is often instant availability, and waiting times are very rarely more than 45 minutes.

Groups & Events
Groups and Special Events can be accommodated at Pioneer Airport by prior appointment. Group discounts are available for airplane rides. Please see
Group Tours or Museum Facility Rental.

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