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Rutan Model 54 Quickie Q1

A Rutan Model 54 Quickie (This in-Flight photo is of a Q2)
Manufacturer: Quickie Aircraft Corp. at the Rutan Aircraft Factory
Model: Model 54 Quickie Q1
Year: 1977
Span: 4.8768m / 16ft
Length: 5.28523m / 17ft
Height: 1.2192m / 4ft
Wing Area: 4.2734m² / 46ft²
Empty Weight: 111.586kg / 246lbs
Gross Weight: 217.728kg / 480lbs
Maximum Speed: 202.734km/h
Cruise Speed: 194.689km/h / 121mph
Range: 917.13km / 570miles
Serial Number: 1
Registration: N77Q

The Museum's Rutan Model 54 Quickie at the Restoration Center


The Museum's Rutan Model 54 Quickie formerly on display in the Great Gallery

Rutan Model 54 Quickie Q1

This is the Tom Jewett, Burt Rutan, and Gene Sheehan design prototype of what would become a popular composite material airplane for kit or home-builders. Designed as a two-weekend project for the home builder the plane was powered by a 20-horsepower engine. Meant to echo the look of the X-Wing fighters from the movie Star Wars, according to Burt Rutan the principle designer, it appears to be a modified canard design or biplane but in reality is a tandem wing aircraft. The majority of the lift is developed in the front wing which is fitted with elevators and the forward landing gear. The aft wing, located on the upper part of the fuselage behind the cockpit serves also as the horizontal stabilizer. The fuselage sweeps and narrows dramatically to the tail which is fitted with a wheel. As with most Rutan aircraft it combines composite construction and leading edge aerodynamics to create an exciting and unusual looking aircraft.