EAA AirVenture 2022

The largest gathering of aircraft and aviation enthusiasts

88th Aero Squandron

At EAA AirVenture 2022, KipAero is honoring the 88th Aero Squadron, one of a number of US Air Service units which flew Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters in combat over the Western Front, beginning in May, 1918. A Corps Observation Squadron, the unit operated Strutter’s until they were replaced by the Dorand AR-1, and eventually the Salmson 2A2 (as shown below), which they were operating up to and after the Armistice.

You’ll experience what a typical aero encampment might have looked like in 1918 complete with US Army Squadron HQ tent, officers canvas tent and encampment defenses at the Main Aircraft, Booth 310. Daily Gnome Monosoupape engine runs at Vintage Red Barn and early aero presentations at EAA Museum.


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 – Vette 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 – Vette 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