ONE WEEK WONDER project at Oshkosh 2014!

What an awesome week it was! 

Thank you to all who helped with this project, especially the volunteers and sponsors!

One Week Wonder - Prologue Chapter 6 - Day Four - The Day of Cake
Chapter 1 - Before the Event Chapter 7 - Day Five - First Words...
Chapter 2 - A Cast of Thousands Chapter 8 - Day Six - Getting Wings...
Chapter 3 - Day One - A Day of Action Chapter 9 - The Day of the FAA
Chapter 4 - Day Two - Drilling Out Rivets Chapter 10 - Thunderbirds are GO!
(but only after the One Week Wonder!)
Chapter 5 - Day Three - Joining of Parts... First Flight

Here is the First Flight Video! 11:07 am, August 5, 2014 in Oshkosh Wisconsin:



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Be Part of the One Week Wonder!

The first 5,000 people to pull a rivet in the One Week Wonder project will receive a commemorative pin. Photo by Jason Toney

EAA - July 16, 2014 - If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at homebuilding, you won’t want to miss the One Week Wonder project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, where volunteers will transform a standard Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit into a flyable aircraft in seven days! This activity will take place at the EAA Square at the intersection of Celebration Way and Knapp Street, right in the center of the convention.

While the goal of the One Week Wonder is to build a flyable aircraft in seven days, we also want to demonstrate that homebuilding is something anyone can do. To help drive that message home, all AirVenture visitors are invited to come to the project site and pull a rivet–literally have a hand in helping build the airplane.

The first 5,000 people who pull a rivet will receive a One Week Wonder commemorative pin, a digital photo as a keepsake of their experience, and the opportunity to sign their name in “The World’s Largest Builders Log.”

Those who visit the One Week Wonder exhibit tent will also be able to cast their votes to select the winning paint scheme for the completed Zenith CH 750 Cruzer.

This entire effort would not be possible without generous support from the following companies:

Zenith Aircraft

BRP Rotax

Dynon Avionics

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty

Skytek Aircraft Services


Sensenich Propeller

Sennheiser Aviation


Flightline Interiors
Scheme Designers


Cummins Spinners
Ray Allen Company

BE A PART OF IT!  Sign Up Now to be a part of the One Week Wonder project at AirVenture.

Preview article about the One Week Wonder project in the May 2014 issue of EAA Sport Aviation Magazine:

At the Zenith Builders Banquet (as part of the annual 2013 Open Hangar Day activities), EAA's Charlie Becker (Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager) spoke about the return of the One Week Wonder! project to AirVenture (Oshkosh) 2014.  This is the full poster:

Here's the hand-written message from Jack Pelton, EAA's chairman (and former CEO of Cessna):

We too are excited about this project!

The project is titled the "Return of..." because my father (Chris) already successfully completed an entire aircraft (from a kit) at Oshkosh in eight days way back in 1976. (While I was at Oshkosh that year I personally wasn't much help with the project because I was just eight years old at the time!)

Here's the article from archives of EAA Sport Aviation magazine:

We'll be sharing more information about this ambitious project for AirVenture 2014, and as the poster states, we encourage you to BE A PART OF IT!

Here's the official EAA logo for the "One Week Wonder" project, featuring the Zenith CH750:

More Information:


More than a dozen companies are pitching in to support our unique One Week Wonder airplane-building project planned for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.
Zenith Aircraft has donated a CH 750 aircraft kit. The Zenith CH 750 is an economical all-metal light aircraft available as a Cruzer (for cross-country operations) or STOL (short takeoff and landing) model.
Rotax has contributed its new 912iS engine, which features the latest technology with a single-lever control, fuel injection, and extremely effi cient fuel burn. In 2013, Rotax received EAA’s August Raspet Award for innovation such as the 912iS engine that advanced sport aviation technology.
Skytek Aircraft Services Ltd., which designed the Rotax 912iS fi rewall-forward installation for the CH 750, is providing
a Rotax Engine Installation Package (REIP) kit.
In addition, Dynon Avionics has donated a complete glass cockpit, featuring the new SkyView with comm radio, intercom, transponder, ADS-B weather and traffi c, and new control panels.
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, one the world’s leading aviation and pilot supply companies, is also backing EAA’s unique building project with extensive promotional support before and during AirVenture 2014.
Other companies already committing to One Week Wonder include Poly-Fiber, Sensenich, Sennheiser, Scheme Designers, SteinAir, Matco, and Flightline Interiors.

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Comment by Jim B Belcher on October 5, 2013 at 9:50am

The building of an airplane in one week at Oshkosh and Sun 'N Fun was one of the things that pushed me in the direction of Zenith. If relatively unskilled people can do this (with guidance, of course) in a week, then there's some hope for the rest of us!

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