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Aviation's Golden Age Takes Center Stage Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 At Pioneer Airport

August 15, 2002 - If you’ve ever wanted to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of aviation’s Golden Age, then you need to visit EAA’s Pioneer Airport on the weekend of August 31-September 1 when the Experimental Aircraft Association presents the second annual Good Ol’ Days of Aviation celebration of flight’s early days. (Day admission to events is included with regular museum admission.)

Step off the AirVenture Museum tram at Pioneer and take a step back in time as EAA staff and volunteers, replete in period costume, appearing among the meticulous vintage aircraft operating from the authentic Pioneer grass airstrip. Activities scheduled include flight and ground demonstrations of EAA’s fleet of historic airplanes; visiting vintage aircraft; guided tours of Pioneer Airport; free Young Eagles rides for children ages 8-17; hands-on educational activities for kids; and a “Parade of Flight” scheduled for 2:00 p.m. each day. Also be on the lookout for improvisational theatrical performances during the day on the grounds.

"Pioneer Airport is one of a tiny handful of places in the world where visitors can get a true sense of aviation’s Golden Age,” said EAA AirVenture Museum Director Adam Smith. “We’re making an extra effort this year to capture the true feel of the 1930s.” In addition to the aircraft seen flying regularly at Pioneer, such as the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor, a 1927 Travel Air E4000, a 1937 Waco biplane, a 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Mailwing and EAA’s replica of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, visitors will have a chance to see a very special appearance by Jim Moss’ Laird Super Solution replica. The green and yellow biplane appeared recently at AirVenture 2002. Moss will be on hand to demonstrate the vintage racer as well as answer questions about the project.
As the sun sets on Pioneer Airport Saturday evening, the activities keep going with food, live musical entertainment, a silent auction and several chances to win airplane rides. EAA’s historic aircraft collection, including the Spirit of St Louis replica and 1930 Pitcairn Mailwing, will be flying until sunset. Later, attendees can enjoy the evening’s highlight as New York-based actor Steve Carroll performs his acclaimed one-man show, Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle, which offers a fascinating overview of Lindbergh’s life and legacy.

Evening admission is just $5 per person, including food. Those planning to attend evening activities on August 31 should RSVP with Katie Cheesebro (920-426-6880 or kcheesebro@eaa.org)  

Vintage & classic aircraft owners can take advantage of this rare opportunity to land their aircraft at EAA’s Pioneer Airport. Those wishing to do so must register in advance for an arrival briefing into Pioneer Airport’s unique airspace. Contact Airport Director Sean Elliot, 920-426-6801, or e-mail selliott@eaa.org.

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