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Rutan Model 27 VariViggen

Aircraft Info Group

Description
Manufacturer: 
Rutan Aircraft Factory
Model: 
Model 27 Vari Viggen
Year: 
1972
Gallery: 
Restoration Center, Everett
Location (field): 
Restoration Center, Everett
Viewable: 
Yes

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.