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Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations [Hardcover]

Dan Linehan
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25 July 2011

"Burt told Popular Mechanics, 'If we make a courageous decision like the goal and program we kicked off for Apollo in 1961, we will see our children or grandchildren in outposts on other planets.' Fortunately, we need not rely solely on governments for expanding humanity's presence beyond the Earth." Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Burt Rutan’s Race to Space chronicles how Burt Rutan has brought the world to the brink of affordable private space travel in the first complete visual record of his hundreds of designs, world records, and elite honors. Included are the more than forty aircraft and spacecraft that have successfully flown with the help of his fellow pioneers, from innovative designers to courageous test pilots.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (25 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338155
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 24.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With unlimited access to Rutan's archival material and to the man himself, the book is a fine and timely addition to any space enthusiast's library."
--Spaceflight Magazine, November 2011

"I really enjoyed this book and learning more about an aviation pioneer." --Flyer, September 2011

If you're intrested in the burgeoning prive space industry, this book is an attractive collector's item.
--BBC Sky at Night, March 2012

"Well worth reading and inexpensive considering its coverage." --Aeroplane Monthly, May 1, 2012

"...A fascinating book with quality reproduction." --Aeroplane Monthly, May 1, 2012

About the Author

In 2004, Dan Linehan attended the launch of SpaceShipOne when it captured the Ansari x Prize. A senior science editor for educational publishing companies, he has a background in physics and engineering and has written numerous articles about aviation and space. Linehan lives in Monterey, CA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A genius 9 Jan 2013
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Burt Rutan lives with the early pioneers of flight, with his innovative approach and exploration of the boundaries of new material. Hi wayout designs fly well too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique !!! 3 Jan 2013
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Excellent record showing evolution of Burt Rutans unique slants on developing solutions to aeronautical conundrums culminating in development of White Knight and Spaceship One. Very interesting insight into future commercial development of Earth orbit travel and subsequent push to deeper space.

Highly recommend if you are like me and find human desire to escape the gravitational pull of Terra Firma and enter Terra slightly Incognito. This is a literary and emotional rocket ride. I just wish I had the 200,000 for Richard Bransons commercial passenger flights. Alas, the stuff of dreams for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Look at an Aviation Visionary! 3 Aug 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Superlatives come easy when talking about Burt Rutan. His innovative aircraft and spacecraft designs - which often look like something out of a SciFi novel - have been astounding the world for decades. Dan Linehan examines Rutan's life and career in this nicely-written and wonderfully-illustrated 2011 release from Zenith Press.

In his first 68 years, the 'Magician of Mojave' has been responsible for the development of VariViggen, VariEze, Quickie, Defiant, Long-EZ, AD-1, AMSOIL biplane racer, Grizzly, Solitaire, Voyager, Catbird, Boomerang, Proteus, SpaceShipOne, White Knight and other designs, work which made him a legend in his own time. Indeed, he has been acclaimed as "the single most influential designer of aircraft and airframes in the last half of the 20th Century."

Linehan traces Rutan's growth from a young, model-building sprout in Oregon to Cal PolyTech grad with a BS in aeronautical engineering, flight test work with the USAF in the late 1960s, creation of the Rutan Aircraft Factory then Scaled Composites LLC and the many varied designs that have flowed from his fertile mind.

It's fascinating to read about how Rutan faced each new challenge and produced designs that were as efficient, strong and light as they were innovative, sometimes wildly so. You don't need to be an aeronautical engineer to understand and appreciate Linehan's narrative; the average aviation buff should enjoy the text and the many photographs, illustrations and diagrams of the Long-EZ, Voyager, White Knight, etc.

In short, BURT RUTAN'S RACE TO SPACE is a comprehensive and informative tribute to one man's quest to push the envelope. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling (and visually stunning) exploration of an aviation pioneer 13 July 2011
By Dusty Punch - Published on Amazon.com
You don't have to be an aviation or aerospace nut to love Burt Rutan's story (but it helps). Dan Linehan has done a spectacular job of capturing Rutan's legacy of innovation -- a legacy that has led to some of the most incredible aircraft and spacecraft designs the world has ever seen. Linehan blends well-research text with hundreds of vivid, awe-inspiring photos of Rutan's creations. With the private aviation and space travel industries blossoming into something beyond what we thought possible just a decade ago, Rutan, and those of his ilk, are surely the pioneers of what will be an extremely exciting age. This new book serves as a glorious precursor to that age -- one that will be enjoyed any our children and grandchildren.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 20 Jun 2011
By Bradley J. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
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Just received this book after a year of waiting. It's a very nicely done treatment of Burt's history of designing aircraft, leading up to the SpaceShipOne/Two space planes. The author does a nice job of chronicling Burt's work along with the concurrent space activities by NASA and others, and showing how he was the right man to fill the gap......that of space tourism entrepreneurship, among other home-grown space ventures (while our taxpayer-funded NASA could care less). Comparing what's been accomplished by Burt and his team in a few short years, to how NASA is in such disarray today without any clear vision or hardware to go with it, proves that Burt was correct all along.....private for-profit development is much more productive than bloated, wasteful, bureaucratic government programs. This book does a great job in showing this to the reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars Burt's book 29 Dec 2013
By JoAnn Borden - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband had seen a seminar by Burt Rutan and said the book was as interesting as the man. Enjoyed the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars The great stuff! 20 Dec 2013
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Anatomy of a legend; if you are even remotely interested in aircraft and inovation, you have to have this book.
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