Two build projects were completed by our museum and community volunteers in the over the years.
The WWI Aero Builders Club was an educational project of the Illinois Aviation Museum headed by board members Dan Christine and Chris Christine. This project was a hands-on experience that was available to any area high school age student. Club members, under direction of experienced airplane builders, built an actual flying airplane, a WWI ¾ scale Fokker E-III. The project was completed in 2008.
The vision of the Illinois Aviation Museum “One Year Wonder” project started in 2015 with the simple idea of using aviation to inspire and educate. The aircraft selected was a Zenith CH750 Cruzer from the Zenith Aircraft Company. During build sessions, community members including kids from 8-80, would show up just to see the project, watch, wonder, and most importantly, get involved. The plane was finished in 2017.