Many technological advances in aviation are due to the persistence of innovative pioneers inspired to step well beyond the accepted norms. The Museum's "Innovations" gallery displays and celebrates a wide variety of aircraft at the cutting edge of aviation achievement. The airplanes in this gallery have broken literally dozens of world records - the fastest, the highest, the furthest - even the smallest.
Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager's globe-circling flight in the Voyager is a case in point. Under the guidance of Burt Rutan, this remarkable aircraft was built by a handful of people incorporating common homebuilding technology.
The Musuem's Voyager exhibit, features an accurate replica of the aircraft that accomplished the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in 1986. Visitors can look inside the spartan cockpit where the crew lived for nine days.
RUTAN/HERRON QUICKIE – N2WX
Gene Sheehan, Tom Jewett, and Burt Rutan cooperatively designed and built the Quickie in April 1977,
Rutan VariEze Prototype - N7EZ
Burt Rutan’s prototype VariEze (“very easy”) made its public debut at the 1975 EAA Oshkosh Fly-In.
hot air balloon carriage
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