Recently I had the pleasure of seeing the EAA Airventure museum in Oshkosh, WI for the first time. The EAA museum is a treasure trove of aviation history, with everything from displays of awe-inspiring aviation ingenuity such as Space Ship One to perfectly restored warbirds. There are artifacts and relics from the early days of aviation as well as old, important, and one-of-a-kind aircraft.
This shot is just an overview of the Innovations Gallery. There are several innovative Rutan designs on display, Space Ship One hanging from the ceiling, and the first Cirrus design to the right. The yellow airplane on the wall is a pusher-prop speed racer named “Pushy Galore,” and the tiny V-tail is an early Monett design that apparently cruised well over 100 KIAS on a mere 22 horsepower.
This is just a small sampling of the aviation history and heritage on display. If you’re ever in Oshkosh, WI and you’re looking for a good way to spend the afternoon, hit the EAA museum and walk around for a while. It is truly a fascinating place.