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EAA Pioneer Airport Opens 2005 Flying Season This Weekend

April 28, 2005 - Pioneer Airport, EAA AirVenture Museum's authentic re-creation of a 1930s aerodrome complete with grass runway, opens the 2005 spring flying season this weekend, April 30-May 1. EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor leads a parade of vintage aircraft preparing to fly this opening weekend, plus youths ages 8-17 will have opportunities to take EAA Young Eagles flights. Several flying clubs also plan to conduct fly-ins during the weekend, including the Wisconsin Wings of the Ercoupe Owners Club, the Piper Cub Club, and the National Aeronca Association. Fly-in organizer Syd Cohen notes that the three clubs have a friendly rivalry to see who can bring the most planes.

"Pioneer Airport is a facility like few others in the world," said Adam Smith, AirVenture Museum Director. "It is a place where early aviation can be not only savored by seeing these magnificent airplanes, but also experienced first-hand, as visitors can enjoy flights in vintage aircraft that bring the golden age of early aviation to life. As part of EAA's mission to preserve aviation heritage, Pioneer Airport is truly a 'field of dreams' for aviation enthusiasts."

EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny established Pioneer Airport in 1984 as a working airport that harkens back to the barnstorming days of 1920s and '30s. Other airplanes on flight status for the start of the 2005 Pioneer Airport flying season include a 1929 Travel Air E4000 open-cockpit biplane; a Bell 47 bubble-front helicopter; and EAA's Spirit of St. Louis replica. Aircraft available for museum visitor flights will be listed at Pioneer Airport's welcome hangar each day. Aircraft flight fees are in addition to regular museum admission.

EAA Young Eagles flights are offered free of charge (parent/guardian signature required).

The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round and family memberships are available. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.

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