18.8.04

OSHKOSH, ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO. Burt Rutan proposes to make his space program portable.
Next year’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture fly-in could include a flight directly from Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport into outer space.

Aviation pioneer Burt Rutan has indicated a desire to bring his pioneering SpaceShipOne aircraft to AirVenture for a possible space flight, EAA president Tom Poberezny said Monday.
The idea is a good one. The Rutan Vari-Eze has been a staple at the Oshkosh convention, and the chase planes that escorted Voyager in from its round-the-world-on-one-tank-of-gas flight were the single engine monoplanes that many homebuilders and recreational flyers started with.

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