Raiders of the Lost... Wing?

In a nearly forgotten corner fo the AirVenture grounds.... in a nondescript red building...

Behind this unmarked white door...

You will find a vast warehouse full of shelves, craters, and the framework of flying machines that could leave an aviation historian puzzled and enchanted for a lifetime!

This unnamed storage facility hiding in the backwaters of the show is home to items that have been donated to, or acquired by, the EAA museum, yet have not found homes in a display or collection. Airframes, engines, propellers, accessories, trinkets, goo-gaws, thing-a-ma-bobs... and a lot of things that have even less formal names are stored here in rows and rows, and rows... some in crates, some in the cardboard boxes in which they arrived from some musty attic or barn. It would take several lifetimes to sift through this delightful avalanche of aviation history, but what a set of lifetimes that would be!

What could possibly be stored in these carefully-built (but unlabeled) crates? Mystical relics of the Golden Age of Aviation?

If that jet engine, or those airliner seats could talk, what would they tell us of aviation dreams long gone by? Even that bicycle probably has a story...

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and a Subsonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

One Reply to “Raiders of the Lost... Wing?”

  1. And in another nondescript building, sleep the 40 some VW's that await wake up (probably beginning later this month) for all manner of transport during the annual convention.
    I noticed them running around several years ago on our first visit to AirVenture and tried count the number of individual ones. I often asked around, from the mechanics at the shop to the drivers, about their history.
    The story emerged that Paul (Poberezeny) used to drive a big Cadillac while making the rounds of the EAA empire but eventually felt too ostentatious in it (probably fuel cost conscious too). He wanted a VW bug like his friend to bebop around in. So one was found and I guess they just kept coming and became the vehicles of choice for the powers that be.
    I have a bunch of pix (and more of the story) that I'd like to share but couldn't seem to paste any to this reply.

    P.S. love Kitplanes and am currently an RV-12 builder

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