Mission Accomplished: Dave's "48 State Challenge"

Join us in congratulating Dave Tillema (and also William Fahey, Jan & Alissa Eggenfellner and to all those who provided fantastic support all along the way) for completing the "48 State Challenge!" A true accomplishment: Flying a homebuilt kit airplane (Zenith CH 750 Cruzer) powered by a car engine (Viking Honda conversion burning auto fuel) from Texas to Wisconsin by way of all lower 48 states! We look forward to sharing stats with you soon: Actual miles flown, hours, gallons, stops, etc.

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Comment by Zenith Aero on July 19, 2022 at 11:48am

Comment by Mark A Phillips on July 19, 2022 at 10:32am

BIG congrats! - hope to meet you @ OSH!!

Comment by John Burns on July 19, 2022 at 10:05am

Awesome !  Way to show the utility of a simple kit built aircraft. 

Comment by Greg Priest on July 18, 2022 at 11:10pm

CONGRATULATIONS Dave from down under (Australia). You are a Legend mate and together with the support from Jan & Allisa at Viking, William Fahey, and others, you have now achieved another huge Challenge and have contributed to aviation in a way you that is most meaningful to you, Viking and Zenith builders. You can now relax mate and cross that milestone off your "Bucket List". Well done my friend.

Comment by Clint L Gosch on July 18, 2022 at 9:06pm

Great job Dave!

Comment by Eric Flaig on July 18, 2022 at 5:40pm

Bucket list item: Fly the Dave Tillema Trail!

Comment by Allan Gratia on July 18, 2022 at 5:17pm

Congratulations, Dave.  Very inspiring.  Enjoy the Show!!!!!

Comment by Tim Keaten on July 18, 2022 at 4:43pm

Fantastic, Dave!  Well planned and executed.  Looking forward to the details to come.

Comment by Boyd Emmel on July 18, 2022 at 3:53pm

It has been fun following this adventure.  Thanks for the vicarious experience. It proves the ability of a homebuilt Zenith and the Viking 130 engine combination, along with skilled piloting. Nice job Dave!!  Nice job team. It gives me motivation to "get er done". My soon to be completed N750BE STOL will get there one of these days. 

Comment by Ken Ryan on July 18, 2022 at 3:16pm

Very impressive but next time you must include Alaska!

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