We’d all typically have stiff necks right now from continually having our heads turned to the skies.
EAA’s AirVenture would be on the tail end of its 2020 run if it weren’t for the health and safety considerations we all need to make right now.
There’s at least a silver lining for those who are missing that big summer dose of aviation fun. The EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, which has been closed since late March because of COVID-19, will reopen on a limited basis beginning Monday, August 3.
Since the museum closed, the collection has added a Huey helicopter that is a veteran of three tours in the Vietnam War. That helicopter is part of a new exhibit that will be open in the Eagle Hangar. A formal dedication of that exhibit is planned for later this year.
“Ever since we closed the museum in late March, we have received many questions each day on when we would be open to the public again. We appreciate that interest and support, as we’ve missed everyone for the past several months as well,” said Ron Connolly, EAA Aviation Museum director.
The museum will have limits on the size of groups and total number of visitors allowed at any time. High-touch areas will remain closed, which include the KidVenture, Sikorsky/Johnson Wax exhibit and the Willan Space Gallery areas. Theaters inside the museum will be modified to ensure proper distancing. Touch screens and video players will not be open.
The hangars at Pioneer Airport will be open daily through Labor Day, weather permitting. However, there are no flight operations or tram service. Museum visitors will be able to access Pioneer Airport by walking.
Vending areas will be closed and all visitors and staff will be temperature checked as they enter the EAA grounds. Masks will be required.