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Burt Rutan's Race to Space Available Now at EAA

Race to Space
Note: The print version of the much-anticipated book, Burt Rutan’s Race to Space, is now available through the EAA Web store for a limited time.

June 23, 2011 – With cooperation and generous input from the man himself, Dan Linehan, author of SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History, provides the most comprehensive work to date on Burt Rutan’s career in Burt Rutan’s Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations. From his post-collegiate days as an Air Force flight test engineer at Edwards Air Force Base to starting the Rutan Aircraft Factory and later, Scaled Composites in Mojave, California, Linehan takes readers on a chronological journey from before the VariViggen to SpaceShipTwo. Burt’s personal photos and some fascinating sketches and drawings appear throughout the book. 

Burt Rutan’s first commercially available aircraft design was the VariViggen (Model 27), and Mike Melvill was the first customer to complete one. He bought the plans from Burt at their very first meeting - at the 1974 EAA Oshkosh Convention and Fly-In - where Burt was selling sets from the backseat of his newly completed prototype. After seeing and flying Mike’s finished project, Burt hired him to work at the Rutan Aircraft Factory in Mojave.

Thirty years after meeting Burt on the Oshkosh flightline, Mike earned the world’s first set of commercial astronaut wings for piloting SpaceShipOne’s initial flight into suborbital space. But don’t let the title fool you; about 80 percent of this book is about Burt’s career that led to SpaceShipOne’s successful Ansari X Prize run and the promise of SpaceShipTwo. Mike Melvill provides the foreword.

It also contains some lesser known facts about his most well-known designs, such as the Long-EZ (original name was the Super-EZ), Catbird, Boomerang, Voyager (Global Hilton), and many others.

Order your copy of Burt Rutan’s Race to Space now for only $30! And stay tuned for book signing opportunities during AirVenture, to be announced soon.

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