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Activities Confirmed for July 21 Rutan Legacy Day at Oshkosh

  • Burt Rutan speaks to a group of AirVenture attendees
    Burt Rutan speaks to a group of AirVenture attendees in the EAA Museum.

April 9, 2015 - Burt Rutan, one of aviation’s most revered innovators, will be honored on Tuesday, July 21, during Rutan Legacy day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Rutan’s iconic VariEze, the day begins with a Homebuilts in Review presentation about the canard design, followed by several more activities throughout the day culminating with a Theater in the Woods program that night.

The Homebuilts in Review program gets under way at 10 a.m. at the Homebuilders Hangar and runs through 11:15 a.m. The Boeing Plaza will feature several different Rutan models on display and will include a planeside interview with Rutan at 1 p.m. Tuesday’s air show will also feature Rutan designs.

That evening, the Theater in the Woods program will feature “Garage-to-Garage,” a program highlighting Rutan’s 46 airplane types that have flown, along with a history of the Rutan Aircraft Factory.

Here are several other activities planned throughout the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday, July 22, Burt will appear at the Honda Pavilion at 1 p.m. for a presentation on his newest design, the SkiGull.
  • Thursday, July 23, Burt will join his brother test pilot Dick Rutan in the EAA AirVenture Museum for a 10 a.m. presentation on the iconic 1986 Voyager nonstop flight around the world without refueling. At 1 p.m. Burt appears at the Honda Pavilion to present Space History and Dynamic Launch - A solution to improving space launches. Burt will attend the Gathering of Eagles on Thursday night.
  • Friday, July 24, the Honda Pavilion hosts the Rutan Model Aircraft Factory - RC models of the Rutan airplane starting at 11:30 a.m.
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