BURT RUTAN - REINVENTING THE PLANE
Vera Foster Rollo, Ph.D., Maryland Hist. Press, 1991
This book contains a lot of interesting information about Burt Rutan, his life, and his airplanes. Much of the information is taken directly from the Canard Pusher newsletters produced by Rutan Aircraft Factory, but there is some interesting information obtained via interview. However, the author obviously did not proof-read her book before publishing it. Grammar and spelling errors abound throughout, including incomplete sentences, where the reader is left hanging as the author starts a new sentence and new idea. The book itself is also organized in a very confusing and nonlinear manner.
MOLDLESS COMPOSITE HOMEBUILT SANDWICH AIRCRAFT CONSTRUCTION
Burt Rutan, Rutan Acft., 2005 (4th ed.)
Rutan's 30-year-old classic is still "the" reference publication par excellence for all those who plan to built their own composite homebuilt. It is the manual still used by Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites to train new employees. It was originally written as a construction guide for Rutan Aircraft Factory's VariEze, Long-EZ, and Solitaire builders. This oversized manual is high on technique and low on theory. It presents in a practical manner, the basics of working with composites (glass, resins, foam cores, and fillers) and then offers a series of simple in-shop exercises to develop and practice your skills. For anyone considering working with composites, this is the first thing you should have. The 4th edition released in 2005 takes into account a number of necessary updates, based on experience from builders.
COMPLETE GUIDE TO RUTAN HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT
Don & Julia Downie, Tab Books, Inc., 1981 (hardbd.), 1984 (paperback)
Everything about those unique and exciting homebuilt planes you can
build in your own garage, right now !, An excellent source for study
and poignent research material for students and academics, this book
into this subject
with fresh ideas and thoughts, a good read. The paperback edition is
profusely illustrated with black & white photos.
BURT RUTAN: AIRCRAFT DESIGNER
Jill Rutan Hoffman, Writers Club, 2000
Oshkosh Memories depicts the common passion for aviation that bonds EAA members and aviation buffs and draws them to the annual gathering in Oshkosh Wisconsin, known as AirVenture Oshkosh.The reader shares in the experiences of celebrities and devoted attendees of the "World''s Greatest Fly-In". From the first-timer to the old-timer, airshow performer to homebuilder the thoroughly entertaining stories will touch all of your emotions as you become a part of the Experimental Aircraft Association''s "annual family reunion".
About the author
Jill Rutan Hoffman is Dick Rutan's daughter. In addition to being a wife and mother, Jill lives her own dreams as an aviation writer and private pilot and actively supports her husband's exciting career as a test pilot in the United States Air Force.
MY FAVORITE FLYING MACHINES
Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan with Phil Patton, Knopf, 1987
On the morning of December 23, 1986, Yeager and Rutan, man and wife, set down their one-of-a-kind, home-built airplane, Voyager, at the base in California where, little more than nine days earlier, they had begun their nonstop flight around the worlda 25,000-mile-plus adventure they describe in dramatically human terms in this richly illustrated book. They tell their story in alternating and nicely dovetailed this-is-how-it-was first-person pieces. More than half the book focuses on the several years before the flight. The intrepid pair, who "didn't know what we were getting ourselves into," met at an airshow, he a Vietnam flier of 105 missions, she both a pilot and a horse-trainer. They shared the dream of the flight, fell in love, married and went on to see their know-how and courage tested almost beyond endurance in the voyage that more than once nearly ended in disaster.
FLYING NON-STOP AROUND THE WORLD
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