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Photo of man standing on the top of a red biplane while pilot flies
Pilot Jim Franklin and his son Kyle perform with their highly modified Waco biplane at EAA AirVenture 1997

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Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture
A Local Legacy

Have you ever wanted to fly a plane?

If you want to learn about flying a plane, how to make one, or if you just enjoy being around airplanes, come to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. You'll be able to see daredevils like the man on the airplane. A group of people interested in building their own airplanes started the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1953 and organized an air show. Over the years, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, helicopters and other types of planes.

At the AirVenture Show visitors can see planes up close -- an old plane like the Spirit of St. Louis (the first plane to fly with a solo pilot nonstop across the Atlantic), a Stealth fighter or maybe even the supersonic Concorde. If you want to learn about flying, check out the Young Eagles. The goal of the Young Eagles Pilot Program is to give 1 million people ages 8 to 17 a free introductory airplane ride. These rides are provided through the generosity of volunteer EAA pilots. If you'd like to be a pilot some day, you've found the right place!

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