AirVenture in the Vintage Area
|The Vintage area of the EAA convention grounds starts at our Red Barn HQ and Vintage Hangar at Show Center and continues south with over a mile of rows and rows of showplane aircraft.
Each year our members fly in and display their great aircraft built between December 17, 1903 and December 31, 1970.
We have some of the best volunteer opportunities available on the field. We welcome you to join us.
On this page you will find links to many of our Oshkosh activities.
Photos from previous years’ slideshows can be downloaded from our Photo Gallery.
A message from VAA President Geoff Robison:
“We currently are planning a complete revamp of the south-west corner of Vern Avenue and Wittman Road. The old Membership and Volunteer booths will be replaced with newly constructed facilities with a covered deck on each structure. We experienced some pretty serious direct line winds this past November that resulted in some serious damage of the VAA marquee sign on that corner.
As a result, we decided to reconstruct the entire entryway to the Red Barn and the Vintage Hangar.”
Click here to email the chairman of Vintage Maintenance, Michael Blombach, if you can help out one of these weekends.
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Since the Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) was founded in 1971 as the Antique/Classic Division, its members have demonstrated their love and respect for aviation’s proud and colorful heritage. The group strives to achieve numerous goals: encouraging and aiding restoration of antique, classic, and contemporary category aircraft–including the construction, repair, maintenance, and preservation of vintage aircraft and engines; maintaining a library devoted to aviation history; improving aviation safety and education regarding these notable aircraft; and conducting forums, workshops and seminars for the vintage airplane enthusiast.
By definition, an Antique aircraft is defined as constructed by the original manufacturer (or licensee) on or prior to August 31, 1945. Classic aircraft were constructed from September 1, 1945 through 1955, while Contemporary aircraft now include those built from 1956 through 1970. Awards are presented to airplanes in all three categories at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
In many communities VAA members have formed local Chapters to share their enthusiasm for these special aircraft. Division members also receive Vintage Airplane magazine, the group’s outstanding publication. The magazine highlights the maintenance, operation, and restoration of vintage aircraft. It includes “how-to” articles, reports on aircraft restoration, historic articles, and much more.
If you’re tired of just being an observer and want to be a part of the action, step right up to the VAA Volunteer Registration Booth adjacent to the Vintage entry archway, near the VAA Red Barn. You can volunteer and be part of the EAA experience. When you go home this year, you won’t say, “I was at Oshkosh”; you’ll say, “I was a part of Oshkosh!”
Other activities in the Vintage area include:
You won’t want to miss this freshly cooked breakfast! It is located on the South end of Wittman Field, just north of the Ultralight runway. We position it there to fill the food need for our many campers on that end of the field. A tram is also available if you are coming from the North end of the field. Open daily 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. Also providing dinner 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. pre-convention weekend—the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before AirVenture’s start date.
Annual VAA Picnic
The VAA Picnic is Wednesday evening during AirVenture, at the EAA Nature Center Pavilion. The picnic is a great chance for VAA members and their guests to join for an evening of food and fellowship. Tram service from the VAA Red Barn to the picnic is available. Tickets are available at the VAA Red Barn Information Desk and must be purchased prior to the picnic.
Do you have some free time when attending AirVenture? Would you like the best seat in the house to see the airshow? Want to see our many showplanes close-up? Then Volunteer With Vintage. During convention we have jobs which last from one hour to days on end. Join one of our training classes and learn how to park and guide aircraft on the ground. Shadow an experienced biker until you are confident enough to start parking planes. Or just spend an hour in our Red Barn giving out popcorn. Anyone can become involved at Vintage. Our Volunteer center, staffed by volunteers like you, is open daily on the flight line just east of the Red Barn.
Annual Vintage Fly-Out to Shawano
The fly-out is a chance for pilots and passengers to escape for the morning and enjoy breakfast and fellowship with residents of Shawano, Wisconsin–about 50 miles north of Oshkosh. By the way, PILOTS EAT FREE! Anyone with an airplane is welcome to join the fly-out. The fly-out takes place the Saturday morning of AirVenture. Check at the VAA Red Barn Information Desk for all the details.
Vintage in Review at Interview Circle
11:00 a.m. each weekday morning during AirVenture, right near the Vintage Red Barn and Hangar, at the Interview Circle, VAA conducts interviews with vintage aircraft owners, pilots, and aviation personalities. It’s a chance to sit in the grass or on the bleachers, and hear stories of great pilots and airplanes.
The Vintage area also is the site of Convention Showplane Camping, where hundreds of EAA members, families, and friends from around the world set up an international community of people sharing a love of aviation.
The VAA Red Barn is home to:
The Vintage Information Desk and Media Coordination Center, where information regarding VAA and its activities are available.
If you flew in and registered your aircraft, you can also pick up your participant plaque and mug at the VAA Red Barn as well as your VAA AirVenture Participant Plaque.
Adjacent to the VAA Red Barn you’ll find the Vintage Hangar:
In the Vintage Hangar you’ll find the Vintage Metal Shaping Workshop, where volunteers share their skills and knowledge in the restoration and building of vintage aircraft. In the Paul’s Workshop corner you can be a part of forums of various topics to help you learn techniques to keep your vintage airplane maintained. Check the schedule in front of the Hangar.
The Type Club area is also in the Vintage Hangar. Here VAA hosts representatives of many aircraft type clubs. They can answer questions about specific vintage aircraft, such as Aeroncas, Piper Cubs, Wacos, Bellancas, and many others. Visit with them Monday through Friday of AirVenture;
The VAA Membership and Chapter Information Booth, conveniently located adjacent to the entry archway. VAA and EAA memberships are available along with information about VAA Chapters.
If you’re interested in vintage airplanes, the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association is the only way to fly!
The financial support for the various AirVenture Oshkosh Vintage Red Barn programs is underwritten by the effort of the VAA’s annual Friends of the Red Barn program. Learn more about the Friends of the Red Barn and how you can help.