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 Zenith.Aero on June 12, 2015 at 1:26pm

Flying the One Week Wonder cross-country to the AOPA Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland:

Comment by Zenith.Aero on June 12, 2015 at 1:25pm

EAA Video by Brady Lane: "One Week Wonder Tour: Florida EAA Chapters"

Comment by Zenith.Aero on March 6, 2015 at 6:05pm
Comment by Zenith.Aero on September 22, 2014 at 4:19pm

September 20, 2014 (Zenith Open Hangar Day)

The One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer back to its origins at the Zenith kit factory where its parts were build (and shipped to Oshkosh).

EAA's Charlie Becker and Tracy Buttles flew the airplane to Mexico, Missouri from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 400 miles to attend the event (along with the EAA staff-built STOL CH 750).  Their return flight to Oshkosh was non-stop KMYJ to KOSH, demonstrating the Cruzer's excellent cross-country capability.

Comment by Zenith.Aero on August 29, 2014 at 4:51pm

EAA Sport Aviation, September 2014:

Also: "Pure Magic! The One Week Wonder lived up to its name" article in EAA Experimenter magazine (August 2014)

Comment by Zenith.Aero on August 18, 2014 at 6:06pm

Local news story about the One Week Wonder project:

Comment by Zenith.Aero on August 5, 2014 at 4:56pm

One Week Wonder Makes First Flight - August 5, 2014 - At approximately 11:07 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014, the airplane thousands of EAA members had a hand in building last week during the One Week Wonder project at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 flew for the first time.

Comment by Zenith.Aero on July 29, 2014 at 6:45am

Opening Day: One Week Wonder project tent at EAA Oshkosh AirVenture 2014.

Day 1 of 7: Monday morning, July 28, 2014, EAA Oshkosh AirVenture. EAA's Jack Pelton starts the seven day countdown, and the kit for the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer is uncrated and volunteers start building.

Comment by Zenith.Aero on July 26, 2014 at 11:12pm

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Getting ready for the One Week Wonder project:

Comment by Zenith.Aero on July 3, 2014 at 5:21pm

Today, EAA announced the final three paint schemes selected for the One Week Wonder.

"Make sure you stop by the One Week Wonder tent at AirVenture and vote for the final paint scheme."

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