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EAA AirVenture Museum Celebrates 25 Years in Oshkosh with Public Open House on October 4-5

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Sept. 29, 2008) — The public welcome to join in the celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, as the EAA Aviation Center and EAA AirVenture Museum celebrate 25 years in Oshkosh with a public open house and activities for the entire family.

Admission is free to the museum 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The silver-anniversary celebration is designed to welcome everyone to the world-class facility and thank Oshkosh and Wisconsin for their long support of EAA.

“The EAA AirVenture Museum has become the global home for aviation, but it also represents that shared legacy of EAA members and our supporter right here in the Oshkosh area,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. “The facility celebrates aviation’s accomplishments and innovations, but has also become an iconic location that brings instant recognition to Oshkosh. We hope everyone joins us as we celebrate 25 years and look forward to an exciting future.”

EAA brought its museum and offices to Oshkosh from the Milwaukee area in 1983, combining with its annual fly-in convention site at Wittman Regional Airport, where the fly-in had been held since 1970. Since then, nearly three million visitors from six continents have toured the museum, which has also been the site for countless community gatherings and events.

Special activities for visitors include:

  • Pioneer Airport tours
  • Vintage biplane and helicopter rides*
  • Ford Tri-Motor flights*
  • Free Young Eagles flights for young people ages 8-17 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday only, first-come, first-served)
  • Rare opportunity to tour the EAA Air Academy Lodge (Lunch will be served for a nominal charge)
  • High-powered paper airplane design and build stations
  • Multiple flight simulators throughout the museum, including a “Wright Flyer” simulator
  • Many hands-on family activities

(*Aircraft rides available for a fee, weather permitting. Schedule subject to aircraft availability.)

In addition, the museum’s Leadership Center education classrooms and computer labs will also be open to the public, and door prizes will be given away hourly.

The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.

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