One Year Wonder- Zenith
In 2016 we launched a community-wide project that featured the construction of a standard Zenith CH 750 Cruzer. It was targeted towards engaging the young and young at heart of the community, to help spark an interest in engineering, science, math, and aviation.
Build sessions took place on Saturdays twice a month.
All were invited: families, groups, individuals of all ages!
The goal of this project was to connect, engage, and inspire the young and young at heart of the community with a hands-on experience that would foster interest in aviation and result in a completed, flyable aircraft.
The project was patterned after the EAA’s;”One-Week Wonder” event at the AirVenture in Oshkosh the
previous summer. Click here to learn more.
The Zenith was completed in 2017.
Developed from a French Morane Saulnier type L purchased by Anthony Fokker, the Fokker “Eindecker” became one of the most feared machines of the early part of the First World War. Fokker’s design underwent several modifications throughout its development and was at first called the M5. Around the same time Fokker was called upon to develop a method of firing the bullets of a machine gun through the arc of an aircraft’s propeller after a French Morane Saulnier piloted by famed aviator Roland Garros was captured. Fokker developed his famous synchronization gear system and installed it on a Fokker M5k monoplane, which soon became known as the Fokker E.I. This aircraft was the first true fighter aircraft of the war and set the stage for a battle of technological superiority between nations that directly influenced the rapid development of aircraft design for the duration of the war.
In October, 2008, our Aero Builder’s Club completed building its own 3/4-scale replica Fokker E-3 from a kit.
Club co-leader Dan Christine flew its successful test flight on October 8, 2008
The volunteers worked hard at creating a non-flying (Ground Bound) aircraft. Modeled after a 1916 Curtis Jenny, and made from a riding lawnmower, plywood, and custom-crafted and engineered parts, it is used by the Museum to provide rides at airport activities, parades, etc. It is a favorite of the kids at the annual Cavalcade of Planes event. To date, it has given over 15,000 rides to our “future aviators”.