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Born (1943-06-17) June 17, 1943 (age 69)

Estacada, Oregon,
United States

Occupation Aerospace Engineer
Spouse(s) Tonya Rutan
Parents George and Irene Goforth Rutan
Relatives Dick Rutan

Nell Rutan

Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan (born June 17, 1943) is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. He designed the record-breaking Voyager, which was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, and the orbital spaceplane SpaceShipOne, which won the Virgin Galactic X-Prize in 2004. He has five aircraft on display in the National Air and Space Museum: SpaceShipOne, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, Voyager, Quickie, and the VariEze

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