It was 59 years ago Thursday night, on Jan. 26, 1953, when a small group of airplane builders and enthusiasts led by Paul Poberezny got together at Milwaukee's Curtiss-Wright Field to form a local club. They would have no idea that what they created would become the world's most dynamic aviation organization.

    For nearly six decades, EAA has led and inspired the world of personal flight. To Paul and Audrey and those other early EAAers: Thank you on behalf of today's 171,000 members and the hundreds of thousands of others who have been part of the organization since that first cold night in January 1953. What you started has made an incalculable difference to countless people around the world who pursue their own dreams of flight.

    Here's to many more birthdays to celebrate!

    Rod Hightower, President/CEO



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