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EAA Celebrates Aviation's "Good 'Ol Days"

August 10, 2005 - Experience the early days of air travel at EAA's "Good Ol' Days" living history weekend on August 20-21 at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. The fifth annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities that will bring the excitement and adventure of early flight back to life.

The 2005 event is bigger and better than ever before, thanks to financial support from the Wisconsin State Department of Tourism. There are opportunities to meet costumed actors dressed in period clothing, learn the skills and folklore of old-time aviation, see incredible vintage airplanes take to the skies, and fly in a vintage aircraft!

Some of the weekend's highlights:

  • Hear pilots describe what its like to soar through the air in a vintage aircraft.
  • Visit a vintage Air Mail station and have your letter flown in an authentic 1927 mail plane.
  • Send a telegram using Morse Code.
  • Watch demonstrations showing how airplanes of the 1920s were started by hand, swinging a large wooden propeller.
  • See skilled craftsmen at work restoring a 1930 Monocoupe airplane.
  • Ride in one of eight different vintage automobiles provided by volunteers.
  • Visit the Children's Activity Center, a one-stop destination for indoor and outdoor games, contests and other fun activities from the 1920s and '30s.
  • Watch the opening of a time capsule buried under Pioneer Airport in the 1920s.
    Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Captain John Miller, who has held his pilot's license since 1923, as well as experience the adventure of early aviation first-hand with a ride on a real vintage airplane.

Weather permitting, dozens of antique airplanes will fly in to Good Ol' Days from around the Midwest. Lunch service will be available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day, served in the EAA Air Academy Lodge, adjacent to Pioneer Airport.

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.

Solve the Crime at Aviation Murder Mystery Dinner

Mystery and intrigue abound at Pioneer Airport August 19 and 20, 7-9.30 p.m. Can you solve the crime? During the Good Ol' Days weekend, EAA's Aviation Murder Mystery returns by popular demand. Enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner on the set of a movie being filmed at Pioneer Airport in the 1930s. Rub shoulders with glamorous movie stars, but watch out for shady characters. When a terrible murder takes place during dinner, it will be up to the patrons to solve the crime!

Tickets, including dinner, are $25 for EAA members, $30 for non-members. Reservations are recommended, and can be made through our secure website or by calling 920-426-6880.

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