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More than 100 aircraft to attend EAA's Salute to Burt Rutan
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More than 100 aircraft are confirmed to attend AirVenture 2011, many of them Long EZs.

As planning continues for EAA's special Salute to Burt Rutan at AirVenture 2011, it's looking more and more like we're on track to create the largest and most diverse gathering of Rutan-designed aircraft ever assembled. "We've heard from well over 100 aircraft owners and expect to a wide array of Rutan homebuilt designs, including quite a few rare aircraft, record-holders, and others," EAA's Adam Smith said.

Also expected to play prominent roles are several rarities in the EAA Museum collection, a Beech Starship, Rutan's Boomerang and Catbird designs, and perhaps a few surprises.

One of the special aircraft listed as confirmed to attend is the prototype Model 144, an airplane built for the government by a division within Scaled Composites called Composites Prototypes. It's based on the Long-EZ and powered by a turbo-charged Lycoming TIO-360-C engine. The one-of-a-kind airplane also had stealth characteristics. Its owner, Josh Waite, is currently in Afghanistan and plans to be home in time to bring the rare aircraft to Oshkosh.

Other confirmed Rutan designs and Rutan-influenced types include Defiants, Quickies, Q-2s, Berkuts, Cozy Mark IVs, a large number of VariEzes and Long-EZs, and even a Solitaire Glider.

One particular airplane type being sought is a flying example of Rutan's first full-scale design, the VariViggen. The prototype is on display in the EAA AirVenture Museum and will be featured, but EAA is eager to hear from anyone wanting to fly theirs to Oshkosh. (Send us an e-mail if you're available.)

Members of La Patrouille Reva, a three-plane French aerobatic team that flies VariEzes, has also expressed an interest in flying their planes across the Atlantic to be a part of the Rutan salute at Oshkosh. It would be the team's North American debut.

Thursday, July 28, is designated as Burt Rutan Day and will feature special flying activities and presentations about Rutan designs. Burt will be also appear with other guests at a special Theater in the Woods program that evening.

On Friday, July 29, AirVenture celebrates the 25th anniversary of Voyager's flight around the world in 1986. A special evening program in the EAA Museum at the Voyager exhibit is being planned, with Voyager copilot Dick Rutan displaying some of his own artifacts from the flight and giving presentation.

Those bringing Rutan-designed aircraft to AirVenture can take advantage of special amenities, including:

  • Aircraft parking and camping: A Rutan aircraft display will be arranged at show center on ConocoPhillips Plaza.
  • A large area reserved for Rutan aircraft parking will be along the main flightline from show center to the Brown Arch.
  • A camping area for Rutan aircraft is being set aside. Those wishing to do so should e-mail EAA.

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