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    Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan
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    Burt Rutan made his first plane flight in a Aeronca Champ at the age of 16. He was interested in aeronautics at a young age, and received an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Cal Poly in 1965.

    He founded his first aircraft design company, Rutan Aircraft Factory, after working with the Navy as a flight test project engineer. Most of the planes he designed were homebuilt. His first plane design was the Rutan VariVeggen.



    The image below shows aircraft produced by Rutan Aircraft Factory: including (from left to right) Voyager, Quickie, Amsoil Racer, NGT Fairchild Trainer, VariEZ Prototype, Defiant, LongEZ, VariEZ production, VariViggen, AD1 Swing Wing, Boomerang, Grizzly, Catbird, Solitaire. Bottom: Rutan Residence (magically transplanted to an island), Jet Boat



    Scaled Composites is his second aircraft company. The Global Flyer, which was piloted by Steve Fossett is one of their designs. Rutan, during his talk at the TED conference stated that Scaled Composites has "developed more than one type of airplane every year since 1982." Unclassified images are shown below.



    Rutan believes that the only way for spaceflight to occur on a commercial level is by private companies. His talk a the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference explains his views (I posted this one very early on)



    They won the X Prize in 2004 with the SpaceShipOne design. It was the first privately built aircraft to reach space: an altitude of 328,491 feet (approximately 62 miles or 100 km). It's first flight into space can be seen here.





    SC is now developing a second spaceship, called SpaceShipTwo


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