17
Jun
09

Voyager

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This airplane achieved the goal of flying around the world non-stop without refueling.  Stuffed inside this tiny cockpit, Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager accomplished the goal in a little over 9 days.

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Using composite materials, designer Burt Rutan built an airplane that weighed less than a thousand pounds, however its gross weight at take-off fully fueled was over nine thousand pounds.  The flight began with over seven thousand pounds of fuel and ended with only a hundred and forty pounds of fuel remaining.

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Crammed into this tiny cockpit one pilot would fly the plane while the other rested.  Neither pilot got much rest and the difficult trip proved physically and emotionally draining, while ground crews encouraged the pilots and meteorologists from around the world helped steer them clear of weather.  A truly amazing test of man and machine’s endurance.

For more information about this plane see:  http://www.airventuremuseum.org/collection/aircraft/Scaled%20Composites-Rutan%20Voyager.asp#TopOfPage

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2 Responses to “Voyager”


  1. 1 Wapello Warbler
    June 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I love these unique planes. Wildlife, too, but a few of these unique planes have been forwarded to relatives in Civil Air Patrol.

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    June 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I have more. It’s a nice museum and good-sized for a priavte museum. You can find it here: http://www.airventuremuseum.org/default.asp


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