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Dick received his solo pilot's & driver's license on his 16th birthday. A fighter pilot in the Air Force, he flew 325 missions in Vietnam. After the Air Force, Dick joined his brother, Burt, at Rutan Aircraft Factory & flew test flight programs of many types of experimental aircraft. In 1981, he founded Voyager Aircraft to complete the first world flight. In 1986 he completed this quest & was awarded the Citizen's Medal of Honor. Dick now resides in Lancaster, CA, with his wife, Kris.