While former military aircraft may steal much of the limelight with their awards at EAA AirVenture, the vintage and classic aircraft earning similar accolades deserve every bit of that same moment in the sun too. Arguably, these aircraft are very much the jewels of the show, with colorful, mirror-like finishes steeped in the sartorial elegance, history, and mystique of a bygone era. Furthermore, it is doubtful that many of these aircraft have had any less endeavor lavished upon the precision and accuracy of their restoration and maintenance either. So here is the list of magnificent vintage aircraft which won awards at EAA AirVenture 2022, courtesy of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association. Many congratulations to all those who worked so hard to bring these gems to light, and to the EAA volunteers who devoted their time and expertise to inspect and adjudicate the winners.
2022 Antique Aircraft Awards
2022 Classic Aircraft Awards
The Vintage Aircraft Association is the EAA division that brings people together who share a love for the aircraft of yesterday. The association has been working tirelessly to keep aviation history alive since its founding in 1971.
Vintage aircraft are more than just living museum pieces; they’re fully functioning time machines, immersing pilots and passengers in the sights and sounds of eras gone by. Whether it’s a classic like a Cub, an open-cockpit biplane, or a one-of-a-kind early airliner, these aircraft tell the story of aviation, live and in-person.VAA members are passionate stewards of the history of aviation and are dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing that history with like-minded people from around the world.
For more information or to join the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association, visit www.eaavintage.org