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cspg
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posted 03-02-2010 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations
by Dan Linehan
Burt Rutan's Race to Space chronicles how Burt Rutan has brought the world to the brink of affordable private space travel in the first complete visual record of his hundreds of designs, world records, and elite honors. Included are more than forty aircraft and spacecraft that have successfully flown with the help of his fellow pioneers, from innovative designers to courageous test pilots.
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (November 15, 2010 July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338155

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-26-2011 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Review's Jeff Foust reviews Burt Rutan's Race to Space:
Burt Rutan's Race to Space is not a detailed history of all the aircraft developed by Rutan; Linehan in particular skims through many of the vehicles developed in the 1980s and 1990s to get to his space vehicles. Nor is the book a biography of Rutan, as Linehan focuses primarily on Rutan's professional work.

Instead, the book offers an overview of Rutan's design achievements over the years, a sampling of the unconventional approaches that won him acclaim. Linehan does a good job not getting too technical, providing backgrounds on topics ranging from how airplanes stall to the various kinds of rocket engines to keep the book accessible to broader audiences.

The book is lavishly illustrated with photos and illustrations, some provided directly by Scaled and Rutan, who also sat with Linehan for several interviews...

gliderpilotuk
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posted 07-27-2011 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a great book. Anyone selling signed copies?

And this week AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 hosts a Tribute to Burt Rutan, following his retirement in April.

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posted 07-27-2011 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This month's Flying magazine has a good article written by Peter Garrison on the legacy of Burt Rutan. Following his retirement, he has actually left Mojave altogether and put his company in the hands of Doug Shane.

And just before he called it a career, Rutan designed on more innovative machine... a flying car!

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posted 07-29-2011 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops...the article linked above describes the flying car. The article by Garrison is in the print version of the magazine currently on newsstands, but is not available online yet.

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