May We Introduce Ourselves?
The Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin was founded by a dedicated group of volunteers and EAA Chapter 766 who raised $1.4 million to construct its magnificent facility. Since then, the Aviation Heritage Center has hosted thousands of visitors and pilots.
The Center’s mission is to preserve Wisconsin’s pioneering aviation history via fascinating exhibits. In addition, educational programs, including an affiliated flight school, encourage young people to pursue careers in aviation related fields.
Situated at the heart of the Sheboygan County Airport, the Center offers guests a close-up look at aircraft operations. During much of the year, Sheboygan County Airport is one of the busiest private aviation airports in the state.
The Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We receive no government support, do not charge admission fees, and do not have a paid membership. We exist due to the generous contributions made by visitors, friends, and Wisconsin companies!
THE AVIATION HERITAGE CENTER EXPERIENCE!
Military Aircraft Simulators
The Center's T-37 jet simulator is one of two in existence. These simulators were used by the United States Air Force to teach the fundamentals of jet aircraft operation to more than 78,000 U.S. Air Force fighter pilots.
The Center's T-28 simulator is one of two in existence. The T-28 was a military trainer during the 1950s and 1960s, and many were used in combat during the Vietnam War.
Four award-winning, radio controlled aircraft built by master craftsman Dario Brisighella. Every piece of these airplanes was hand-made from scratch. No parts were bought or assembled from a kit. Everything – even the cockpit instrument markings, upholstered seats, navigation lights and flight controls - were delicately crafted by hand. On display are a rare de Havilland Hornet, a 1947 Stinson Voyager, Piel Emeraude, and Starduster Too. These aircraft a unique masterpieces of aviation art!
A collection of more than 100 kit model aircraft built by hobbyist Paul Riddle.
exhibits of aviation history
Felix Waitkus, Wisconsin's "Charles Lindberg", the fourth person to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean by aircraft.
The U.S. Secret War in Laos and the fascinating story of the Hmong pilots and the American pilot instructors who taught them to fly.
The Governors Kohler Exhibit and Conference Room documenting Wisconsin's two "flying governors", Walter Kohler Sr.
and Walter Kohler, Jr.
Retrospectives of the Sheboygan and Kohler airports.
Memorabilia from and exhibits about Wisconsin WWII combat aviators.
During special events, get a close-up look at rare aircraft, chat with their pilots, and meet combat pilot veterans.
Browse aviation books and periodicals
»» The Center houses one of Wisconsin's most extensive aviation libraries. Hundreds of books and magazines review many aviation subjects from history to piloting tips and instruction.
Fly an airplane simulator
»» Flying the Center's full-motion, three-axis Redbird simulator is almost like flying a real aircraft.
»» The Wright Brother's simulator lets you experience flying the world's first powered airplane.
»» The Center's smaller Redbird simulator puts you in the pilot seat without the motion.
Watch take-offs and landings
»» Between May and October, the Sheboygan County Airport is one of the busiest airports in Wisconsin. From the Center's balcony, visitors can watch aircraft opertions, from large corporate jets to small aircraft trainers.
Historic aviators such as Waitkus, Brotz, Thompson and Kohler helped establish landmark aviation advancements in Wisconsin. From Pioneer days when barnstormers gave rides and demonstrations, to the golden age of aviation of the late 1920's and 30's, the Aviation Heritage Center commemorates the exciting history of Wisconsin flight.
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