EAA AirVenture 2022

Booth 310 Main Aircraft Display

88th Aero Squadron

88th Aero Squandron

KipAero’s display will be representing the US 88th Aero Squadron, a unit that flew Sopwith 1 ½ Strutters upon arrival in France in 1918. We’ll have a US Army GP medium canvas tent (houses display posters, materials & videos), a US officers canvas tent (staff quarters), a flagpole (w/48 star US and 88th Aero Squadron flags), a non-working Vickers AA mg mount surrounded by sandbags, a Gnome rotary engine and other miscellaneous items to create a WWI encampment.

Gnome Rotary Engine Starts

Gnome Engine Runs At Vintage Red Barn

KipAero’s AckEmmas (mechanics) we’ll be conducting Gnome Monosoupape rotary engine starts daily at 11am at the Vintage Red Barn. Hold onto your hats as you witness the roar and power of this mighty, castor oil gulping rotary engine manufactured by Classic Aero Machining Service (CAMS), New Zealand.

Daily, Monday through Sunday, 11:00am – noon
Vintage in Review (Red Barn)


To enhance your WW1 knowledge, attend one of the presentations Kip Lankenau will be giving about early aeroplanes:

Sopwith: The Man and His Aircraft

Tom Sopwith flying his Howard Wright

Hear the story behind the most famous name in World War I aviation. Learn about the life of Thomas Sopwith, his aeroplanes, the Sopwith Aviation Co. Ltd., and his effect on British aviation to the present day.

Monday, July 25, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:15 am
EAA Museum – Hilton Theater

Lighter-Than-Air in the Great War

From balloons and blimps to dirigibles, the importance and use of lighter-than-air was and still is greatly misunderstood. Many commanders of the time considered the support of their lighter-than-air elements essential to combat operations.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 10:00am – 11:15 am
EAA Museum – Hilton Theater

Building Early Aeroplanes

Enjoy learning about the processes, methods, challenges, and resources available for those interested in building and operating early aeroplanes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:15pm
EAA Museum – Hilton Theater

Flying Early Aeroplanes

Get ready to turn back the clock and learn what flying was like long ago. With their unique flying characteristics and operating requirements, combined with the challenge of period engines and equipment, there is nothing like flying an early aeroplane.

Thursday, July 28, 2022, 10:00 am – 11:15am
EAA Museum – Hilton Theater

Flying the Western Front

Find out what it was really like to fly on the Western Front during the Great War (WWI) from the British perspective. From weather and topography, types of machines and their evolution, operations, tactics, training, and daily struggles on the front lines, come hear about the trials and tribulations of a British pilot.

Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:45pm
EAA Museum – Hilton Theater