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By David Sakrison, EAA AirVenture Today

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The main floor of the EAA AirVenture Museum.

Photo by David Sakrison
EAA AirVenture Museum Gallery

July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - During your visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, don’t miss the EAA AirVenture Museum. It’s much more than a great place to escape the heat or the rain; it is a world-class aviation museum filled with fascinating exhibits and hands-on activities.

The biggest change in the museum this year is the new Founders’ Wing. The former Restoration Shop floor has been converted to people space for special events and exhibits. On a balcony above, accessed from the museum’s main gallery mezzanine, is the new Founders’ Gallery where exhibits highlight the history and legacy of EAA. Beyond that is the new Founders’ Library, which tells the story of Paul and Audrey Poberezny. The Founders’ Wing will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 11:00 this morning.

Since AirVenture 2008, the museum staff has been kept busy with planning and building the Founders’ Wing, says Museum Director Alan Westby. Still, he said, visitors to the museum during Air- Venture will find several new exhibits— and a lot of old favorites—throughout the museum. Here’s what’s new this year:

  • A large-scale model of the 1909 Curtiss-Warner airplane. The Curtiss-Warner airplane was an improved version of Glenn Curtiss’ 1909 Golden Flyer. The detailed quarter-scale model, built by members of EAA Chapter 60, Janesville/Beloit, Wisconsin, is the centerpiece of a traveling exhibit by the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame, to celebrate 100 years of powered flight in the state.

  • If you like scale-model airplanes, there are two more reasons for you to visit the EAA AirVenture Museum. There is a large new display of plastic scale models in the Eagle Hangar. Some of the plastic models there have been on display around the museum; others have been in storage. And the popular Paper Models exhibit has a new location in the Doolittle Gallery, just off the main lobby, with several new scale models since last year. The question most often asked about this exhibit is, “Are they really made of paper?” Yup, says Westby, every one of them.

  • A display of stunning black and white photographs by Steve Marks. They are from the Galt Airport Project, an ongoing effort to capture “the people, activities, scenes, and ethos” of a grassroots general aviation airport in Greenwood, Illinois.

  • Great Moments in Mission Aviation, a series of watercolor paintings by artist Sharon Rajnus, illustrating the achievements of Christian mission pilots and aircraft.

  • Johnny Carson’s flight bag and logbook. Host of the Tonight Show, Carson was also a private pilot. The exhibit features a video of Carson’s demonstration ride in a Super Chipmunk flown by aerobatic pilot Art Scholl. Aired on Carson’s show in 1968, the video clip has not been seen by the public since.

  • Wiley Post’s Winchester Model 21 shotgun, presented to him by the Pratt & Whitney Company to honor Post’s 1933 around-the-world flight. Out on loan for several years, the intricately engraved and inlaid shotgun came home to the EAA AirVenture Museum earlier this year.

  • The New Acquisitions display case spotlights some of the museum’s newest aviation artifacts.

The museum’s extended hours during AirVenture are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Thursday (8-3) and Sunday (8-4). Free shuttle buses run between the Bus Park and the museum all day.

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