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Burt Rutan
Aerospace Engineer, SpaceShipOne Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Scaled Composites
 
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  1. B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic University, 1961-1965. Third in graduating class.
  2. Space Technology Institute, California Institute of Technology, 1964.
  3. Marketing and Personnel Management graduate level courses, Golden Gate College, 1968-1969.
  4. Academic portion of Aerospace Research Pilots School, Edwards AFB, 1965.
  5. Doctoral of Science, honoris causa, Daniel Webster College, 17 May 1987.
  6. Honorary Doctor of Science, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 13 June 1987.
  7. Doctoral of Humanities, honoris causa, Lewis University, 22 May 1988.
  8. Doctoral of Technology, honoris causa, Delft University of Technology, 12 January 1990.
  9. Doctoral of Engineering, honoris causa, University of Illinois, June 2006.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Experimental Aircraft Association
  2. Society of Experimental Test Pilots
  3. Amer. Inst. Aeronautics & Astronautics
  4. Society of Flight Test Engineers
  5. Academy of Model Aeronautics
  6. International Order of Characters
  7. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assn.
  8. National Academy of Engineering

BURT RUTAN'S COMPANIES:

Scaled Composites - April 1982 to present:
In April 1982, Mr. Rutan founded Scaled Composites Incorporated to develop research aircraft. The company employs 130 people in four flight line buildings located on the Mojave Airport. Most of the projects done by Scaled are proprietary to the customer; therefore the facility is closed to the public. A list showing many of Scaled's major projects follows:

  • A single-place, twin-jet research aircraft for Fairchild Republic Company (the subscale T-46A demonstrator).
  • A two-place, single-engine recreational aircraft for Group Lotus, Ltd. the Microlight POC.
  • A twin-turboprop high-performance business aircraft, the sub-scale Starship I POC for customer Beechcraft.
  • A large agricultural aircraft, Predator POC.
  • The CM-44 POC reconnaissance aircraft.
  • A tandem-wing, three-surface technology demonstration aircraft for DARPA (the Advanced Technology Tactical Transport-62% scale ATTT POC).
  • Prototypes and the first production run (28 vehicles) of an all-composite remotely-piloted reconnaissance vehicle, the Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Model 324 Scarab.
  • An 85-foot and 108-foot span rigid sail/airfoil for the America's Cup Challenge Race.
  • The Triumph, an all-composite cabin-class twin jet aircraft for Beechcraft.
  • The ARES, an all-composite single-seat jet attack aircraft, designed for anti-helicopter, close air support, reconnaissance, training, and other missions.
  • The Pond Racer, and entry into the piston-powered unlimited category aircraft racing arena.
  • The Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket wing, fillets and fins (structural design, tooling, and manufacture of more than 40 ship-sets).
  • The Earthwinds gondola for a global nonstop balloon record attempt.
  • The McDonnell-Douglas DCX, Single Stage Rocket Technology (SSRT) 1/3 scale proof-of-concept demonstrator vehicle.
  • Two Bell Helicopter Eagle Eye unmanned tilt-rotor aerial vehicle demonstrators.
  • The VisionAire Business Jet demonstrator.
  • Three NASA X-38 Crew Return Vehicles for subsonic flight testing.
  • Nine 20 meter wind turbine blades for Zond.
  • An all-new wing for the Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Pioneer RPV, later renamed the Searcher.
  • The all-composite main landing gear beam for the twin-engine IAI Hunter RPV.
  • The primary and secondary structure for a General Motors (GM) technology demonstration vehicle, the GM Ultralite concept car.
  • The Raptor high altitude UAV, developed for the NASA ERAST program.
  • The POC VisionAire Vantage single engine business jet.
  • The Williams International V-Jet II.
  • The ROTON ATV SSTO Atmospheric Test Vehicle).
  • The Proteus high-altitude long-endurance aircraft, developed for Wyman-Gordon, first flew in 1998, and set world's altitude records by flying over 63,000 feet. The aircraft has logged over 1500 hours, flying science missions to destinations including Europe, Japan and the North Pole.
  • The Adam Model 309 POC aircraft, an all-composite, twin engine, centerline thrust aircraft. It is seeking FAA certification in 2005.
  • Scaled's first project for manned space flight includes a new hybrid rocket engine, the White Knight (an airborne launch aircraft) and SpaceShipOne (a three-place, high-altitude research rocket). Sponsor for the program is Paul Allen. On 21 June 2004, with Mike Melvill at the controls, SS1 flew history's-first private manned space flight. On 4 Oct 2004, SS1 won the 10 M$ X-prize (two flights within 5 days flown by Melvill and Brian Binnie).
  • In 2004, Scaled performed the first flight of the second aircraft designed to fly non-refueled around the world. The Capricorn, built for Steve Fossett, was later named the GlobalFlyer, by sponsor Virgin Atlantic. The aircraft is expected to fly the solo record world flight in January 2005.

In June 1985, Scaled was sold to Beech Aircraft Corporation, acquired by Wyman-Gordon Company in January 1989, and then sold to 10 private investors in September 2000 (Scaled Composites LLC). Mr. Rutan has been President/CEO since its formation in 1982.

RAF - June 1974 to present:

President of Rutan Aircraft Factory Inc. (RAF), a small business formed to develop light aircraft and market educational documents. Developed the VariViggen, VariEze, NASA AD-1, Quickie, Defiant, Long-EZ, Grizzly, scaled NGT Trainer, Solitaire, Catbird and the world-flight Voyager aircraft. Activities performed in the development of these aircraft covered the entire spectrum, from design through flight test, test report and documentation preparation, public relations and management of development facility. RAF provides builder support for over 3000 homebuilder customers. Homebuilt aircraft plans sales were discontinued in July 1985.

OTHER EMPLOYMENT BY BURT RUTAN:

March 1972 to May 1974: Director of the Bede Test Center, Bede Aircraft, Newton, Kansas. Directed development of three aircraft types including all flight and ground tests. Had design and development responsibility for the jet BD-J5 and trainer-simulator.

June 1965 to March 1972: US Air Force Government employee. Flight Test Project Engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. Conducted fifteen USAF flight test programs, ranging from large V/STOL cargo aircraft to several types of fighters.

PILOT EXPERIENCE

 

  1. Began flying in 1959. General aviation pilot time in the following aircraft:
    Beech T-34 Headwind
    Beech Bonanza Beech Model 76 (Duchess
    Beech Musketeer Spirit of St. Louis Replica
    Cessna 150, 172, 182, 210 Beech Travelair
    Piper Cherokee 140, 180 Beech 58P pressurized Baron
    Piper Arrow B200 Super King Air
    Piper J-3 B300 Super King Air
    Piper PA18-150S Seaplane VariViggen*
    Aeronca Champ 7AC VariEze*
    Taylor L-2 VariEze POC*
    American Yankee Quickie*
    American Traveler Defiant*
    Grumman Tiger AA5B Long-EZ
    Grumman Widgeon Scaled NGT twin jet trainer
    Ercoupe Microstar twin jet VariViggen
    Thorpe T-18 Beech 85% scale Starship
    Luscombe 8A M120 Predator
    BD-4 CM-44 UAV
    BD-5 Microlight Model 97
    BD-5T M133 ATTT assault transport prototype
    BD-6 M81 Catbird
    RF5-D M143 Triumph cabin class twin turbofan
    Ayers Thrush 600 T-34C
    Piper Turbo Apache Pitts S1
    Robinson R22 Bell UH1D
    Hughes 300 M151 ARES turbofan attack prototype
    Hughes 500E Enstrom F280
    Robin ATL Model 191
    Model 202 Boomerang*

    *Flew first flight of type and most of the research test program.

     

    • USAF Co-pilot time in the following military aircraft, mostly during hazardous tests:
      UH-IN F-104A and B C-130E
      T-33 F-4B, C, E & Agile Eagle C-141A
      T-37 YA-26 F-106
      T-38

      Total flying time 3000 hours. FAA ratings: Private, single engine land, multi-engine land, single engine sea, instrument airplane, single engine helicopter.

MAJOR NON-PROPRIETARY PROJECTS DEVELOPED

 

MODEL NAME CUSTOMER FIRST
FLIGHT
DATE
FABRICATION
SHOP
DESCRIPTION
27
VariViggen
homebuilders
May 72
Rutan Aircraft Factory
canard pusher, 2-place, single engine, wood construction
31
VariEze Prototype
R&D
May 75
Rutan Aircraft Factory
high efficiency, loaded canard, all composite, Volkswagen engine
32
VariViggen SP
homebuilders
Jul 75
Rutan Aircraft Factory
Model 27 with added higher aspect ratio composite wings
33
VariEze
homebuilders
Mar 76
Rutan Aircraft Factory
homebuilt version of Model 31, larger, with aircraft engine
35
AD-1
NASA
Nov 79
Ames Industrial
skew wing, all composite twin turbojet
40
Defiant
homebuilders
Jun 78
Rutan Aircraft Factory
tandem wing, all composite, twin engine, four-place
54
Quickie
homebuilders
Nov 77
Rutan Aircraft Factory
single place, tandem wing, all composite, Onan engine
54
Quickie
homebuilders
Nov 77
Rutan Aircraft Factory
single place, tandem wing, all composite, Onan engine
61
Long-EZ
homebuilders
Jun 79
Rutan Aircraft Factory
high efficiency, long range, loaded canard, all composite, single engine
68
Biplane Racer
Mortensen/Amsoil
Aug 81
Customer
all composite, tandem wing for air racing in biplane class
72
Grizzly
R&D
Jan 82
Rutan Aircraft Factory
three surface, STOL, 4-place, all composite, for off-field operation
73
Next Generation Trainer
Fairchild Republic
Sep 81
Ames Industrial
subscale demonstrator to develop flying qualities for T-46 proposal
76
Voyager
Voyager Aircraft
Jun 84
Rutan Aircraft Factory
all graphite, optimized for long-range records, two pilot, twin engine
77
Solitaire
homebuilders
Jun 82
Rutan Aircraft Factory
self launching sail plane
--
PARLC
United States Navy
Sep 80
Ames Industrial
power augmented ram landing craft, twin turbojet
81
Catbird
R&D
Jan 88
RAF/Scaled
single engine turbocharged recip, 5-place pressurized 3 -surface configuration
97
Microlight
Lotus/Chapman
Jan 83
Scaled Composites
two-place, rigid ultralight pusher, canard, all composite
115
NGBA(Starship POC)
Beech Aircraft
Aug 83
Scaled Composites
variable geometry, twin turboprop, 85% scale of Starship design
120
Predator
Advanced Tech. Aircraft Corp.
Sep 84
Scaled Composites
all composite, agricultural application, 80 cubic foot hopper
133
ATTT
DARPA
Dec 87
Scaled Composites
twin turboprop assault transport, fast-acting flaps, 3-surface configuration
143
Triumph
Speculative
Jul 88
Scaled Composites
twin turbofan 7-place business aircraft, Williams FJ-44 engines
144
CM-44 UAV
California Microwave, Inc.
Mar 87
Scaled Composites
composite manned/unmanned, long endurance, canard, single pusher turbocharged engine
TRA 324
Scarab
Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical
Jun 86
Scaled Composites
ground launched high-performance reconnaissance drone, solid rocket + turbojet. Scaled conducted structure only development/production.
H1, H2
Wing Sail
Sail America
May 88
Scaled Composites
graphite wing sails for America's Cup Race, 90 and 108 ft span
--
Searcher
Israeli Aircraft Industries
Dec 88
Scaled Composites
long wing version of Pioneer RPV
151
ARES
Speculative
Feb 90
Scaled Composites
light attack turbofan, close air support aircraft, high agility, JT15D engine, GAU-12U gun
158
Pond Racer
Bob Pond
Mar 91
Scaled Composites
 
173
TFV
Loral
Jul 89
Scaled Composites
towed vehicle for decoy - model tests
179
PLADS/Rockbox
Lockheed
Nov 89
Scaled Composites
eight man parachute delivery vehicle
--
Gondola
Earthwinds
Nov 91
Scaled Composites
pressurized gondola for world balloon flight
--
Pegasus flying surfaces
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Apr 90
Scaled Composites
air launch vehicle flying surfaces (wing, fins)
191
Model 191
Proprietary
Oct 91
Scaled Composites
single engine general aviation aircraft
--
B-2 RCS model
Northrop Corp.
--
Scaled Composites
40% scale pole model
--
SU25 1/4 scale ROAR
Sandia National Laboratories
Apr 91
Scaled Composites
rocket powered cable-mounted decoy
--
Ultralite show car
General Motors
Jan 92
Scaled Composites
4 passenger, 4 door show car for 1992
--
Eagle Eye
Bell Helicopter
--
Scaled Composites
tilt-rotor demonstrator aircraft
--
DC-X
McDonnell Douglas
--
Scaled Composites
30% scale single stage rocket technology aeroshell
202
Boomerang
IR&D
Jun 96
Rutan Designs
asymmetrical configuration 5-place pressurized reciprocating twin
226
Raptor D1
Department of Energy
Apr 93
Scaled Composites
high altitude RPV boost phase intercept
226
Raptor D-2 ERAST
DOE/NASA
Dec 94
Scaled Composites
high altitude RPV for environmental research
--
Vantage
Proprietary
Aug 93
Scaled Composites
FJ107 powered Long-EZ
--
Z-40 Bladerunner
Zond
Apr 94
Scaled Composites
blades for large wind generator
--
Comet
Space Industries
95
Scaled Composites
all composite spacecraft unmanned re-entry capsule
233
Freewing Full Scale
Freewing Aircraft
Oct 94
Scaled Composites
close range, super STOL RPV
--
Kistler Zero
Kistler Aerospace
--
Scaled Composites
two stage demonstration rocket - canceled mid "95
247
Vantage
VisionAire Corporation
Nov 96
Scaled Composites
single engine turbofan 7-place business aircraft with JT15D-5 engine
257
Motel 6 DLS
Voyager Aircraft
Jan 98
Scaled Composites
pressurized spherical gondola for manned world balloon flight
271
V-Jet II Spike
Williams, Intl.
Apr 97
Scaled Composites
twin turbofan 5 place pressurized
276
X-38 space station lifeboat
NASA
Mar 98
Scaled Composites
crew rescue vehicle for space station
Three were built for Dryden & Johnson
281
Wyman-Gordon
Proteus
July 26, 1998
Scaled Composites
turbofan high flyer for telecom/recon/ atmospheric science/space tourism
287
Alliance high flyer UAV
NASA ERAST
Scaled Composites
85,000 ft environmental research UAV
R/C model tested to prove concept
302
TAA-1
Toyota Aircraft
May 31, 2002
Scaled Composites
4 place GA piston single
309
Adam Model 309
Adam Aircraft
Mar 00
Scaled Composites
twin turbocharged twin boom, push-pull 6 place business/personal aircraft
311
Capricorn GlobalFlyer
Steve Fossett Virgin Atlantic
Mar 5, 2004
Scaled Composites
Non-refueled, round-the-world range
Single-pilot, turbofan. Fuel/GW = .82
316
SpaceShipOne
Mojave Aerospace Ventures
Aug. 7, 2003
Scaled Composites
three-place, high-altitude research rocket
First private manned space flight 21Jun04
318
White Knight
Mojave Aerospace Ventures
Aug. 1, 2002
Scaled Composites
high-altitude, airborne launch aircraft
326
Pegasus X-47A
Northrop Grumman
July 27, 2001
Scaled Composites
UAV single turbo fan LO UAV for carrier suitability evaluation

PRESENTATIONS

  1. AIAA Student Conference, 1965, "An Investigation of the Effect of Aileron Differential on Roll-Yaw Coupling During an Abrupt Aileron Roll." Project used an instrumented radio controlled model developed while in school.
  2. Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, 1967, "Development of a Heavyweight Low Level Aerial Delivery Capability."
  3. Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, 1970. "Fighter Testing - Spin Test or Spin Prevention Test?"
  4. Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, Flight Test Certification Symposium, 1971, "Spin Testing for Certification -- Our Failures."
  5. Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, 1975. "Development Tests of a High Aspect Ratio, Canard-Type Light Plane."
  6. Aviation/Space Writers Association 43rd Annual News Conference, 1981. "Challenge to General Aviation."
  7. National Air and Space Museum Lindbergh Lecture, 1982. "Aircraft Design - A Blend of Science and Art."
  8. Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, 1984, "Use of the Proof-of-Concept Demonstrator for Aerodynamic Development."
  9. Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, 1987. "The Voyager Story."
  10. California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, Opening Ceremonies of Poly Royal, 22 Apr 87.
  11. California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, Commencement Address, 13 Jun 87.
  12. Distinguished Lecture Series, WestPoint Academy, 17 February 1988.
  13. Los Angeles Air Force Base, Space Division, "Acquisition Streamlining," 13 Oct 88.
  14. AGARD Conference '88 at Edwards Air Force Base, "Low Cost POC Flight Testing," 19 Oct 88.
  15. U.S. Department of Defense Acquisition Streamlining Conference, "R & D Acquisition, A System in Turmoil," 1 Jun 89.
  16. National Academy of Sciences Rapid Prototyping Conference, "Prototype R & D - A Revolutionary Approach," 20 Jun 89.
  17. National Research Council Committee on Ultralight Structures, "Fire the Concept Design Group," 14 Sep 89.
  18. Leroy Randle Grumman Lecture Series, "Prototype R & D: A Revolutionary Approach," 4 Oct 89.
  19. Defense Systems Management College, "Acquisition Streamlining," 21 May 90.
  20. General Motors Design Center, "Rapid Prototyping," 22 May 90.
  21. Paris Air Show for Dupont and Aerospatiale "Structural Seminar," 20 June 1991.
  22. Eris Society, Aspen, CO - "Life, the Universe and Everything Else...," 5 Aug 92.
  23. University of Kentucky Transportation Conference - Keynote Speaker "Future of Transportation," 29 Sep 92.
  24. Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium, Beverly Hills, CA, "Flight Test Development of a New Generic Configuration -- The Boomerang," Sep 96
  25. Georgia Institute of Technology, Harold W. Guggenheim Lecture Series on Innovation (second annual) - "Innovation: Use It or Lose It," Dec 96
  26. More than 50 technical Presentations on the Voyager aircraft, "Small Team, Giant Challenge" 1987-Current.
  27. Experimental Aircraft Association Convention, 1973 through current. More than 100 presentations on development of RAF aircraft and aerodynamics lectures.

 

AWARDS

  1. First Place National Student Undergraduate Award AIAA, 1965.
  2. Air Medal (rare award for civilian), 1970.
  3. Stan Dzik Design Contribution Trophy, 1972.
  4. Omni Aviation Safety Trophy, 1973.
  5. EAA Outstanding New Design, 1975, 1976 and 1978.
  6. Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award, "Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Light Aircraft Design," 1976
  7. Flying/Business and Commercial Aviation, 1978. Special Award "For a Lifetime Involvement in, Service to and Support of General Aviation."
  8. Western Plastics Exposition, "Pacesetter Award," 1978.
  9. Press Club of Antelope Valley, "Newsmaker of the Year," 1980.
  10. Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine, Special Achievement - Laurels for 1981, for "Imaginative Ideas for Light, Energy-Efficient Aircraft Design."
  11. Business and Commercial Aviation magazine, "Most Important Contribution to Aviation during 1984."
  12. ABC World News Tonight, "Person of the Week," July 18, 1986.
  13. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aircraft Design Certificate of Merit for initiative and creativity in the development of the Starship and Voyager aircraft, October 1986.
  14. Presidential Citizen's Medal presented by Ronald Reagan, December 29, 1986 for Mr. Rutan's design/development of the Voyager 'round-the-world aircraft. This was the 18th award of the Presidential Citizen's Medal since its inception in 1969.
  15. FAI Gold Medal for Voyager Construction, 29 Jan 87.
  16. "Grand Medaille" de'Aero-Club de France, (Grand Medal of the Aero Club of France), January 29, 1987.
  17. Medal of the City of Paris, January 29, 1987.
  18. The Aero Club of Washington, 1986 Aviation Achievement Award, 24 February 1987.
  19. NASA Langley Research Center, Directors Award, 24 Feb 87.
  20. Society of Plastics Engineers, Award for Unique and Useful Plastic Product, (Voyager), 7 May 1987.
  21. Society of Plastics Industry, Special Achievement Award for the Advancement of Composites for the Voyager Flight, 9 May 1987.
  22. Society of NASA Flight Surgeons, W. Randolph Lovelace Award, 13 May 87.
  23. Academy of Model Aeronautics, Distinguished Service Award, 15 May 1987.
  24. National Aeronautic Association and the National Aviation Club, 1987 Collier Trophy for ingenious design and development of the Voyager and skillful execution of the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world, 15 May 1987.
  25. Aero Club of New England, Voyager Award, 25 Jun 87.
  26. American Academy of Achievement, Golden Plate to America's Captains of Achievement, 27 Jun 87.
  27. Experimental Aircraft Association and Milwaukee School of Engineering, Medal of Outstanding Achievement and Distinguished Leadership in Aerospace Engineering, 4 Aug 87.
  28. Daedalians of Edwards Air Force Base, Citation of Honor, 15 Aug 87.
  29. Society of Experimental Test Pilots, 1987 J. H. Doolittle Award for outstanding professional accomplishment in aerospace technology management of engineering, September 1987.
  30. Gathering of Eagles, Aviation Man of the Year, 17 Sep 87.
  31. Charles Lindbergh Fund - San Diego Museum, Lindbergh Eagle Award, 24 Sep 87.
  32. National Business Aircraft Association, Meritorious Service Award for 1987, 29 Sep 87.
  33. United States Air Force Association, United States Air Force 40th Anniversary Award for Extraordinary Achievement, 1987.
  34. The City of Genoa, Italy, Christopher Columbus International Communications Medal, 12 Oct 87.
  35. Distinguished Achievement Award, International Aerospace Hall of Fame, San Diego, 7 Nov 87.
  36. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Spirit of St. Louis Medal, 16 Dec 87.
  37. Royal Aeronautical Society, British Gold Medal for Aeronautics awarded for outstanding practical achievement leading to advancement in aeronautics for his original conception and successful design and development of the Voyager aircraft, December 1987.
  38. The National Society of Professional Engineers, Outstanding Engineering Achievement in the NSPE 22nd Annual Outstanding Engineering Achievement Awards Competition, 27 Jan 1988.
  39. Design News "Engineer of the Year for 1988," 8 March 1988.
  40. Franklin Institute, Franklin Medal for 1987, 13 April 1988.
  41. Intellectual Property Owners, Distinguished Inventor Award for 1987, 14 April 1988.
  42. Western Reserve Aviation Hall of Fame, Meritorious Service Award, 2 Sep 1988.
  43. The International Aerospace Hall of Fame Honoree, 24 Sep 1988.
  44. Sailing World Magazine, Medal of Achievement, January 1989.
  45. Aero Club of Northern California, Crystal Eagle Award, 18 Mar 1989.
  46. Secretary of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for service on the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, April 1989.
  47. Member of the National Academy of Engineering, 4 Oct 1989.
  48. Leroy Randle Grumman Medal for outstanding scientific achievement 4 Oct 1989.
  49. Structural Dynamics and Materials Award from American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, presented "for innovative and outstanding contributions to the advancement of aerospace technologies, including the design, development and testing of light-weight, high performance composite structures materials," 14 April 1992.
  50. Wings Over Houston Airshow Executive Committee, 1993 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award, 16 Oct 1993.
  51. Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering George Lubin Award, 9 May 1995.
  52. National Aviation Hall of Fame Honoree, 21 July 1995.
  53. "Freedom of Flight" award for "contributions to EAA and to aviation, especially for his leadership in the design of recreational aircraft--including Voyager--that have had an impact on the international aviation community", Experimental Aircraft Association, 3 August 1996.
  54. College of Engineering Medallion "in recognition of extraordinary leadership and commitment in support of the Aeronautical Engineering Department," April 18, 1997, The College of Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  55. Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, 1 October 1997
  56. EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame, 23 October 1998
  57. Designer of the Year, Professional Pilot Magazine, 13 March 1999
  58. Proteus Aircraft included in the list of the "100 Best of the Century", Time Magazine, April 1999
  59. Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson "Skunk Works" award by the Engineers Council "to honor and perpetuate Kelly Johnson's qualities, accomplishments, standards and model of excellence to be aspired to by future generations of engineers, pioneering progress of the future." February 2000
  60. 2000 Lindbergh Award presented by the Lindbergh Foundation for a shared vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation. May 20, 2000.
  61. The 2001 J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award presented by the Composites Manufacturing Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for his "contribution to the composites manufacturing profession through leadership, technical developments, patents and/or educational activities", 22 Feb 2001
  62. The Reed Aeronautics Award presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics "in recognition of significant contributions and achievements in the field of aeronautical sciences and engineering, as an engineer, designer and builder of aircraft that challenge conventional wisdom, thus opening the door for innovation in aircraft prototyping and stimulation of new ideas and applications to further aerospace endeavors, May 9, 2001.
  63. Laurel Legend Award presented by Aviation Week & Space Technology. Received award and was inducted into the Aviation Week & Space Technology Hall of Fame, April 16, 2002.
  64. "100 Stars of Aerospace" (ranked 29th) presented by Aviation Week & Space Technology. Received award in Paris at Salle Wagram, June 18, 2003.
  65. "Business Leader in Aerospace" presented by Scientific American for designing a reusable sub-orbital passenger spacecraft. One of 50 individuals, teams or companies whose accomplishments in research, business or policy making during 2002-2003 demonstrate outstanding technological leadership, November 10, 2003.
  66. Society of Experimental Test Pilots, "2004 J. H. Doolittle Award for outstanding professional accomplishment in aerospace technology management of engineering," September 2004. First to receive the Doolittle twice.
  67. X Prize (Shared with Paul Allen). For repeated private manned space flights. 4 October 2004.
  68. Wired Magazine's "Rave Award" for Industrial Designer Burt Rutan, 22 Feb. 2005.
  69. Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's "Current Achievement Award", 9 March 2005
  70. Aviation Week and Space Technology 2004 Laurel Award for Innovation/Entrepreneurship, 19 March 2005.
  71. "Scientist of the Year" award by Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), 15 April 2005.
  72. Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," 18 April 2005.
  73. "2004 Robert J. Collier Trophy" - presented by National Aeronautic Administration, 19 April 2005. (This is the second Collier Trophy awarded to Mr. Rutan.)

PATENTS HELD

  1. Grizzly wide-chord flap suspension system, U.S. Patent Number 4,614,320.
  2. Variable geometry high lift system incorporated in the Beech Starship, U.S. Patent Number 4,641,800. (Foreign patents also held.)
  3. Rutan Model 115 Starship configuration, U.S. Patent Number Des. 292,393. (Foreign patents also held.)
  4. U.S. Provisional Patent Application 60/458,296, filed March 28, 2003.
  5. U.S. Provisional Patent Application 60/458,697, filed March 28, 2003.
  6. Patent Cooperation Treaty Application PCT/US2004/009694, entitled "Unitized Hybrid Rocket System," filed March 29, 2004, claiming the benefit of the provisional patent application described in Item 4 above.
  7. Patent Cooperation Treaty Application PCT/US2004/009695, entitled "Winged Spacecraft," filed March 29, 2004, claiming the benefit of the provisional patent application described in Item 5 above.

As of April 2005