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Rutan Model 76 Voyager Replica

Aircraft Info Group

Description
Manufacturer: 
Rutan Aircraft Factory
Model: 
Model 76 Voyager
Year: 
0
Gallery: 
Other
On Loan To: 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Viewable: 
Yes

The Model 76 Voyager was the first round the world non-stop, non-refueled flight. Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the plane began its flight on December 14, 1986 and after 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds landed on December 23 back at Edwards Air Force Base -- the same place it started.

The plane is largely made of fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar and had an estimated lift to drag ratio of 21. Two different engines provided power to the front and rear propellers. The front engine, an air-cooled Teledyne Continental O-240 was operate to provide extra power for take-off and during the initial flight stage while the plane was heavily loaded with fuel. The rear engine is a water-cooled Teledyne Continental IOL-200 which acted as the main source of power throughout the flight.

The Museum's replica of the Rutan Model 76 Voyager can be found on display in the main terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac).