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Burt Rutan Retires!

by John M. White |

Burt Rutan RetiresAt age 67, famous aircraft and spaceship designer Burt Rutan has decided to retire effective April 1st, 2011 and retire to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, thus ending a career which spanned over 37 years. His first design was the VariViggen in 1968, which then led to the VariEze. Throughout his career Burt Rutan came up with unique designs winning many awards, including the Ansari X Prize for the first privately built, flown and funded manned craft to reach space. Among Burt Rutan's more famous designs were the following:
  1. VariViggen;
  2. VariExe;
  3. Quickie;
  4. Model 77 Solitaire;
  5. Amsoil Racer;
  6. Long-EZ;
  7. Model 281 Proteus 1;
  8. Grizzly;
  9. Catbird;
  10. Beech Starship 2000;
  11. Model 76 Voyager;
  12. Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer;
  13. SpaceShipOne;
  14. White Knight Two
Here are some photos of these aircraft:
  1. VariViggen:Rutan Variviggen
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  2. VariEze:Rutan VariEze
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  3. Quickie:Rutan Quickie
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  4. Solitaire:Rutan Solitaire
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  5. Model 35 AD-1:Rutan Model 35 AD-1
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  6. Amsoil Racer:Rutan Amsoil Racer
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  7. Long-EZ:Rutan Long-EZ
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  8. Model 281 Proteus:Rutan Proteus
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  9. Model 46 Voyager:Rutan Voyager
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  10. SpaceShipOne:Rutan SpaceShipOne
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  11. White Knight Two:Rutan White Knight Two
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  12. Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer:Rutan Variviggen
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If you would like to learn more about Burt Rutan and his accomplishments, let me suggest the following books to you: Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History Learn more about Burt Rutan from this video: We will miss you, Burt! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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