'One Week Wonder': Volunteers Build Plane at AirVenture - WBAY

'One Week Wonder': Volunteers Build Plane at AirVenture

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EAA AirVenture volunteer Gwendolyn Herman has flown a plane before, but she's never built one.

"From flying one, to seeing all the mechanics that actually go on underneath the skin, it's actually really interesting," said Herman.

She's been working with a flight teacher from Ghana to drill and fasten one of the 5,000 plane parts on the One Week Wonder, a plane that will be built in seven days.

"It got more exciting when I heard there is no woman leading the team, so I said 'OK, I can do it,'" said flight teacher Patricia Mawli Nyekodzy.

To take part in the plane building, volunteers only need a one-minute riveting course.

"I want everybody that walks into the gate at Oshkosh Airventure 2014 to consider that this isn't all that hard, and this is kind of an affordable way to get into aviation." said Charlie Becker, EAA Director of Communities.

The One Week Wonder aircraft should be ready to taxi down the runway Sunday, which is the final day of AirVenture.

From there, it will begin flight testing before EAA flies it around the country to show it off.


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