Saturday, November 7, 2015

Here's the new seaplane from legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan

Many of the most important, transformative, and interesting aircraft of the past 40 years have come from the mind of Burt Rutan — everything from the round-the-world Voyager, to the spacefaring SpaceShipOne, to the experimental (and wildly popular) VariEze. But in his retirement in Idaho, he's working on one last project: the SkiGull, a seaplane that he's making for his own personal use. It's his 47th design.

Rutan first detailed the SkiGull's design earlier this year to a group at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture show in Wisconsin, where he'd intended to fly it, but it wasn't ready in time. Now, Idaho's Coeur d'Alene Press has shots of the real, finished plane's first tests in the water.

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