Building an experimental aircraft from start to finish is no easy task. Even the most seasoned aircraft builders will probably tell you depending on skillset, lifestyle and a number of factors, a build can take anywhere from a few months to several years. It’s nearly unheard of to build an airplane from start to finish in only one week. Last year, that’s exactly what the EAA and thousands of volunteers accomplished.
During EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, 100 core builders and more than 2,500 volunteers came together to assemble sheet metal, pop rivets, wire avionics, and help complete a Van’s Aircraft RV-12iS in only seven days. Today, that very airplane has reached its one-year mark, and features an elegant paint scheme with the names of the volunteers scribed on the wings.
Today, the airplane travels to airshows throughout the country and visits EAA chapters as an inspiration for amateur aircraft builders and aviation enthusiasts alike.