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Richard “Dick” Rutan (born July 1, 1938) is an aviator who is most famous for flying the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with the assistance of Jeana Yeager. He was born in Loma Linda, California, where he gained an interest in flight at a young age. On his 16th birthday, he was busy earning both his driver's license and pilot's license. He soon began a military career, joining the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program at age 19 and later becoming a lieutenant in the Air Force. From [1] This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Aviators are people who fly aircraft either for pleasure or for a job. ... Voyager returning from its flight The Voyager aircraft was the first to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. ... Categories: Stub | 1952 births | American aviators ... Loma Linda is a city located in San Bernardino County, California. ... Driving licences within the European Union are subdivided into different categories. ... A Private Pilot Licence (or, in the United States, a certificate) permits the holder to operate an aircraft under visual flight rules. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerospace branch of the United States armed forces. ...


Rutan served during the Vietnam War where he continued a distinguished career. He flew 325 missions, but was captured for a time when his F-100 aircraft was hit and he had to eject. Through his career, he obtained the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals, and a Purple Heart. Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Commanders Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 1,250,000+ US dead: 58,226 US... The North American F-100 Super Sabre was a jet fighter aircraft that served with the USAF from 1954 to 1971 and with the ANG until 1979. ... EJECT is a promising Belgian Metal band, that mixes classic Thrash influences (Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, ...) with influences from modern Metal bands in all genres (Dissection, Nevermore, Iced Earth, ...). This way they created what they themselves call Modern Dynamic Thrash Metal. Their songs are characterized by the many riffs they contain... The Silver Star is a United States military decoration and is the third highest medal for valor. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. ...


Following military service, Dick headed an aircraft company with his brother Burt Rutan. It was during a 1981 lunch meeting at California's Mojave Inn that the Voyager project was conceived: Dick and Jeana Yeager met with Burt Rutan to discuss their idea of starting an aviation company. During lunch, they spoke of creating an aircraft that could fly nonstop around the world. Burt, an aircraft designer, sketched on a napkin the plane design that would enable Dick and Jeana Yeager to break the flight distance record of 12,532 miles (20,168 kilometers) set by a B-52 Stratofortress bomber in 1962. To realize Burt's design, they assembled a team of more than 50 and refined--over the next nearly six years--Burt's original design, a process which included testing and studying a variety of lightweight materials. The team eventually selected a combination of graphite, fiberglass, and Kevlar for Voyager's main structure. Elbert Leander Burt Rutan (born June 17, 1943 in Estacada, Oregon) is an American aerospace engineer, noted for originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. ... Categories: Stub | 1952 births | American aviators ... Elbert Leander Burt Rutan (born June 17, 1943 in Estacada, Oregon) is an American aerospace engineer, noted for originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. ... Categories: Stub | 1952 births | American aviators ... A B-52 in flight. ... A bomber is a military aircraft designed to attack ground targets, primarily by dropping bombs. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Graphite (named by Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1789, from the Greek γραφειν: to draw/write, for its use in pencils) is one of the allotropes of carbon. ... Fiberglass or fibreglass is material made from extremely fine fibers of glass. ... Kevlar (poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide) is the DuPont Company’s brand name for a synthetic material constructed of para-aramid fibers that the company claims is five times stronger than the same weight of steel, while being lightweight, flexible and comfortable. ...


Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager took off in Voyager on December 14, 1986 from Edwards Air Force Base's 15,000 foot (4570 meter) runway. They struggled throughout the flight with weather, stress, and the continuing demand for fuel. They were even denied access to the airspace above Libya. Finally, after 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds of flight, they touched down on December 23 with only a few gallons of fuel remaining. The 24,986-mile (40,211 km) trip yielded Rutan and Yeager numerous awards. December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edwards Air Force Base is a USAF airbase located on the border of Kern County and Los Angeles County, California in the Antelope Valley, 7 miles (11 km) due East of Rosamond, USA at 34°57′ N 117°52′ W. An airbase since 1933, Edwards has long been a home... Find more information on Weather by searching one of Wikipedias sister projects: Dictionary definitions from Wiktionary Textbooks from Wikibooks Quotations from Wikiquote Source texts from Wikisource Images and media from Commons News stories from Wikinews Weather is an all-encompassing term used to describe all of the many and... Stress (roughly the opposite of relaxation) is a medical term for a wide range of strong external stimuli, both physiological and psychological, which can cause a physiological response called the general adaptation syndrome, first described in 1936 by Hans Selye in the journal Nature. ... For the workstation, see SGI Fuel. ... Airspace means the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a particular country on top of its territory and territorial waters or, more generally, any specific portion of the atmosphere. ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ...


In 1990, Rutan attempted to repeat the round-the-world feat in a balloon, but failed in that attempt. This article is about the year. ... Balloons, like greeting cards or flowers, are given for special occasions. ...


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Dick Rutan Summary (4419 words)
Dick Rutan (born 1938) achieved one of the last aviation "firsts." A seasoned aviator trained in the United States Air Force, Rutan and co-pilot Jeana Yeager were the first flyers to pilot an airplane around the world non-stop without refueling.
Rutan logged the necessary five hours of instruction at Reedley Airport near Dinuba, and on the day of his 16th birthday--the minimum age at which he was eligible--he applied for and earned both his driving license and his pilot's license.
Rutan was reportedly determined to set a milestone by completing the flight, while Yeager said that she would have been satisfied at having broken ground in aviation, even if the flight around the world was not successful.
Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal (436 words)
Richard Glenn 'Dick' Rutan (born July 1, 1938) is an aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with the assistance of Jeana Yeager.
Rutan served during the Vietnam War, and flew 325 missions, but he had to eject when his F-100 aircraft was hit.
Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager took off in Voyager on December 14, 1986 from Edwards Air Force Base's 15,000 foot (4570 meter) runway.
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