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Celebrating epic Rutan designs at Mojave

On Oct. 19 at Mojave Air & Spaceport, the Mojave Transportation Museum will feature a special...

 

Dick Rutan attends 2019 Reno Air Races

Life is so different for me now since the passing of my youngest son, Douglas. Not only do I try to...

 

A Spitfire at Mojave in 2007 and 2019

The aircraft in the photo is a rare Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc/e that underwent flight testing...

 

Rare showstopper XP-82 Twin Mustang at AirVenture 2019

It is important to have dreams at every age in your life. Tom Reilly, master warbird aircraft...

 

Rutan Brothers at 50th Anniversary of EAA AirVenture

Burt and Dick Rutan still have a "rock star" following at Oshkosh, the annual gathering of...

 

Aviation legend, Bob Gilliland has flown west

Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland, call sign "Dutch 51," who has logged more experimental supersonic test...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 6, 2019

Losing Douglas Burdick, my multi-faceted son

At the end of May, my youngest son, Douglas Burdick, apparently died from a heart attack at the age...

 

15 years ago – SpaceShipOne makes history: First private manned mission to space

Can you believe that it was 15 years ago on June 21, 2004, that SpaceShipOne and Mike Melvill...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 25, 2019

Memories of Rotary Rocket in the air

Sixteen years ago this month, you may recall seeing a Chinook (CH-47) helicopter at Mojave Airport....

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 11, 2019

Another World War II Veteran is gone – Dick Cole

Our nation lost another World War II veteran and member of the "greatest generation," on April 9....

 

Stratolaunch – A giant first test flight at Mojave

Saying Stratolaunch, the aircraft with a 385-foot wingspan, is huge is an understatement! I was...

 

Beechcraft Starship 1 at Mojave

In the early 1980s, Burt Rutan was the world's acknowledged expert in tandem wing, all-composite...

 

Memories of 'Air Wolf' at Mojave

I recently saw in the news that the good-looking star of the TV show "Air Wolf," Jan Michael...

 

VariViggen – Burt Rutan's first homebuilt aircraft design

In 1963, at the age of 20, Burt Rutan was inspired to design a homebuilt aircraft after seeing the...

 

Adding 'Rutan Field' to Mojave Air & Spaceport name under consideration

At a recent Mojave Air & Spaceport board meeting, General Manager/CEO Karina Drees announced...

 

Saying goodbye to a great aviation couple Phil and Elle Coussens

Such sad news for family, friends and patients of Dr. Phil Coussens and his RN wife, Ellen...

 

Becoming an astronaut – a dream come true for Mark Stucky

Exciting dreams come true at Mojave Air & Spaceport! Dec. 13 produced a calm, crisp morning and...

 

Unexpected encounter at the North Pole

At the December Plane Crazy Saturday, Dick Rutan, described his unexpected North Pole adventure...

 

Remember December 7 and the attack at Pearl Harbor

As December 7 approaches, I am reminded of how some people think we should push the memories of the...

 

EAA Friendship Tour with Mike Melvill and Dick Rutan

I was reminded recently of the exciting and terribly hazardous trip that Mike Melvill and Dick...

 

Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson's Skunk Works Chief Test Pilot – Bob Gilliland

Robert J. 'Bob' Gilliland has logged more experimental supersonic test flights above Mach 2 and...

 

Double Korean Ace – Frederick 'Boots' Blesse

During the Korean War, comparisons between the F-86 and MiG-15 were always made by the pilots on...

 

Saluting a gathering of Test Pilot Schools

The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) Class #154 from Patuxent River, MD; The U.S. Air...

 

Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas, USAF

Do you know the feeling of meeting a person and instantly there seems to be a connection? That...

 

I'm dreaming of a Beaver on floats!

I think the heat is getting to me as I find myself longing for a little cool! I am daydreaming and...

 

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