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Catch Burt Rutan Around AirVenture Today
July 25, 2019 - Legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan will be present and celebrated in a few different spots today around the grounds, in what will certainly be can't-miss occasions.
The Green Dot, 10 a.m., EAA Welcome Center in the Four Corners
Struggles of a Retired Airplane Designer, 1 p.m., Theater in the Woods
Starship to Spaceships: Fun in Mojave, 8 p.m., Theater in the Woods
"We're thrilled to honor Burt Rutan, who has been at the forefront of aerospace innovation for decades, this year at AirVenture," said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programs, who also coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. "His work in the aviation industry has continuously pushed the envelope in terms of design and energy efficiency and has inspired many to think outside the box."
First up, Burt is joining the hosts of EAA's The Green Dot as the special guest on the annual live episode in the EAA Welcome Center in the Four Corners. Attendance is limited, so be sure to arrive before the 10 a.m. start time to get a good spot.
Later in the afternoon, Burt will be giving a Theater in the Woods presentation at 1 p.m. titled Struggles of a Retired Airplane Designer. That won't be Burt's only Theater in the Woods appearance of the day, as he's joining his brother, Dick, on stage at 8 p.m. for a special program titled Starship to Spaceships: Fun in Mojave. Both sessions promise to be insightful, fun, and evocative of some of the terrific designs Burt has brought to Oshkosh over the years.
"I'm looking forward to returning to Oshkosh and taking part in AirVenture 2019," Burt said. "Since debuting the VariViggen at EAA Oshkosh in 1972, Oshkosh has been an important part of my career and life, and I always enjoy interacting with homebuilders, EAA members, and aviation enthusiasts in general."
Additionally, the afternoon air show today is slated to feature a group of Rutan designs the likes of which has never been seen in Oshkosh before. Attendees will not want to miss out on this rare collection of types.