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Burt Rutan Is Up To Something… | Autopia | Wired.com

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Burt Rutan is up to something. He isn’t saying much about it, but whatever it is, you know it’s interesting.

There’s been plenty of speculation within the aviation world about whether Rutan would stop designing airplanes now that he’s retired from Scaled Composites. Imaginative and prolific, Rutan has been at the leading edge of aerospace design since the 1970s, and few thought he would simply play golf all the time. True to form, Rutan is working on a new aircraft design.

Rutan is famously secretive about designs that have yet to fly, though now that he is “retired” he is letting out a few more details than usual. The engineer told the Experimental Aviation Association he is tinkering with a design influenced to some extent by the lakes and rivers of Idaho, where he now lives after spending more than 40 years in the Mojave Desert. He also mentioned being influenced by the unusual Russian air/watercraft, like the MD-160 Lun-class ekranoplan, he saw shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union.

“It is a combination wing ship and seaplane,” he told the EAA.

via Burt Rutan Is Up To Something… | Autopia | Wired.com.

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Written by edparnell

November 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

Posted in Business, Tech

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