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Burt Rutan: Genius or So Much Hype?

Originally published on Published Online: September 20, 2009 
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Many consider aerospace engineer Burt Rutan a genius, while others suggest that his unusual approaches to aircraft design are mostly aimed at attracting media attention. What do you think Rutan's place will be in aviation history?

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2 Responses to “Burt Rutan: Genius or So Much Hype?”

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    steve says:

    If Burt's aim was to gain media attention, then how do you explain the fact that he is the only individual in history to design, test, and successfully produce an aircraft that entered space on 3 seperate occasions.

    This was done in the private sector with zero backing from any government. It seems a little too simplistic and unreasonable to explain his success as a mere desire for media attention.

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    Ronn says:

    I would have to agree with Steve. Burt and Dick have gone way beyond merely attracting media attention. It is a certainty that they both will be recorded favorably in aviation history. As for me, while it's true: I am a land and sea rated pilot with high performance and tail dragger endorsements and my last name happens to be Rutan (2 cousins) I am not in the same league. Respectfully

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