One Week Wonder—That’s a Wrap!

Joe Norris Prepares to start the One Week Wonder for its first taxi.
With one second remaining, the wiring wasn’t quite finished.

With one second remaining on the clock, the Sonex One Week Wonder was still one hour from having a functioning nervous system. Deadlines. Who needs ‘em? The real deadline was the allotted time slot for its first taxi in front of Sunday’s airshow crowd, which was an hour beyond the countdown clock’s expiration. While the wiring was being finished, the upholstery was installed and the airplane’s exit from its week-long womb was planned. At 3:21 p.m., it pirouetted from the tent to the cheers and relief of exhausted volunteers who then escorted it down the aptly named Celebration Way to the flightline. EAA volunteer pilot Joe Norris mounted the wing, stepped into the cockpit, ignited the Rotax engine and taxied past the gathered crowd. He reported the steering, brakes and engine all performed well. The aircraft will be inspected, licensed and test flown before it embarks on a tour of the U.S., still bearing the signatures of those who set a rivet in its wings, tail or fuselage.

Heather Zahner, Sonex General Manager, placed check marks on the scoreboard as major tasks are completed.
Thousands of individuals got to install rivets in the Waiex-B’s major structures and then sign by their rivet. The Waiex-B will tour the country with the signatures intact before it is painted in the paint scheme design chosen by popular vote.

Sonex General Manager Heather Zahner commented, “The One Week Wonder has demonstrated what can be accomplished when the homebuilding community comes together. We are proud of the outcome of this project, the staff’s effort to bring it to fruition and grateful for our hard working volunteers, many of whom are Sonex customers. The project’s sponsors were a big part of making the One Week Wonder a success. Thank you EAA for this unique opportunity to highlight our product at AirVenture 2022.”

The One Week Wonder Sonex Waiex-B successfully taxied at its appointed time.
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Kerry Fores
Kerry Fores was born and raised in Oshkosh, WI and was interested in homebuilding by age 12. Between 1998 and 2003 he scratchbuilt and polished a Sonex, which he named Metal Illness. Kerry logged nearly 500 hours in Metal Illness and was awarded Plans Built Champion at AirVenture 2006. Kerry is retired from a 21-year career at Sonex Aircraft, most of it dedicated to supporting builders. Kerry is on the web at



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