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Rutan Model 27 VariViggen

A Rutan Model 27 VariViggen in flight
Manufacturer: Rutan Aircraft Factory
Model: Model 27 Vari Viggen
Year: 1972
Span: 5.79m / 19ft
Length: 6.1m / 20ft
Height: 1.68m / 6ft
Wing Area: 11.43m² / 123ft²
Empty Weight: 462.67kg / 1,020lbs
Gross Weight: 771.12kg / 1,700lbs
Maximum Speed: 265.49km/h
Cruise Speed: 241.35km/h / 150mph
Power Plant: 150-Horsepower Lycoming O-320 piston engine
Range: 482.7km / 300miles
Serial Number: 115
Registration: N27MS



Rutan Model 27 VariViggen

Named after the Swedish Saab 37 Viggen fighter aircraft which served as a partial design inspiration for Burt Rutan, the VariViggen is a tandem, two-seat wood and fiberglass aircraft for the home builder. The VariViggen was Rutan's first full-scale design of an aircraft, begun during his years at the California Polytechnic State University. Designed to resists stalls and spins the craft is a delta-wing canard with twin-tails and winglets that is powered by a 150-horsepower Lycoming O-320 piston engine mounted as a pusher configuration in the tail. While the Rutan factory sold over 600 sets of plans only approximately 20 were built and very few remain.