The Rutan Model 61 Long-EZ is a homebuilt aircraft with a canard layout designed by Burt Rutan's Rutan Aircraft eazye.info is derived from the VariEze, which was first offered to homebuilders in The prototype, N79RA, of the Long-EZ first flew on June 12, In , Dick Rutan and Mike Melvill flew two Rutan Long-EZ aircraft that they had built, side-by-side around the eazye.infoer: Burt Rutan.
Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan (born July 1, ) is a retired United States Air Force pilot, test pilot, and record-breaking aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with co-pilot Jeana Yeager. He was born in Loma Linda, California, where he gained an interest in flight at a young eazye.info: July 1, (age 81), Loma Linda, California.
The Long-EZ designed by Burt Rutan, is a homebuilt aircraft derived from the VariEze. Changes from the VariEze include a larger main wing with modified Eppler airfoil and less sweep, larger strakes containing more fuel and baggage storage, slightly wider cabin, and the ability to use a Lycoming hp engine with no nose eazye.info: Spruce.
After retirement, Dick joined his brother, Burt, as Production Manager and Chief Test Pilot for Rutan Aircraft Factory. Dick Rutan flew the test flight development program of many military and civilian experimental aircraft and set numerous world speed and distance records in his Long-EZ, a popular Rutan designed home-built airplane.