TESTING… TESTING…1…2…3

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Burt returns after a taxi test in SkiGull.

The team is testing the modifications made to the SkiGull. A new configuration for the landing gear includes larger wheels that operate independently of the skis. SkiGull is no longer a tail dragger. In SkiGull’s first flight, Burt found that the wing stalled (lost its lifting ability) earlier on one. Recent flight tests have verified…

Burt Rutan at Virgin Galactic’s Unity unveiling

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Virgin Spaceship Unity is unveiled in Mojave, California, Friday February 19th, 2016. VSS Unity is the first vehicle to be manufactured by The Spaceship Company, Virgin Galactic's wholly owned manufacturing arm, and is the second vehicle of its design ever constructed. VSS Unity was unveiled in FAITH (Final Assembly Integration Test Hangar), the Mojave-based home of manufacturing and testing for Virgin Galactic's human space flight program. VSS Unity featured a new silver and white livery and was guided into position by one of the company's support Range Rovers, provided by its exclusive automotive partner Land Rover...

We recently filmed the unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo spacecraft VSS Unity. The ceremony was led by Sir Richard Branson at The Spaceship Company headquarters in Mojave, CA. Distinguished guests of the event ranged from movie star Harrison Ford to soon-to-be-movie-star aviation hero Burt Rutan. Burt’s SpaceShipOne design is the predecessor technology to SpaceShipTwo….

SkiGull’s First Flight and an Update from Burt

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SkiGull First Flight

Burt Rutan’s SkiGull successfully took to the air for the first time from Coeur d’Alene Airport in northern Idaho in late November. “We’ve learned a hell of a lot today that I can check off ‘these are not problems’” a delighted Rutan said in a celebratory toast in front of crew and family following SkiGull’s…

Update from OshKosh! Rutan Unveils SkiGull

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In an unexpected turn of events yesterday at Oshkosh, Burt Rutan released pictures of his new homebuilt plane SkiGull. This is an exciting moment for antennaFILMS because now with the veil lifted we can start to share some of the fabulous imagery we have captured following the construction of the plane over the last 9-months….

Burt and antennaFILMS at 2015 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this week!

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This week, the largest airshow in America, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, marks the 40th anniversary of Burt’s revolutionary VariEze homebuilt. Burt will be here and so will we. At Oshkosh this year a wide variety of Rutan designs will be on display to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the VariEze, and Burt Rutan himself…

Recent Filming – May 2015

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We’re happy to let you know about our recent filming, and to also provide some information on the status of your rewards. First, news on the filming. Scott B traveled recently up to Burt’s home in Coeur d’Alene, ID to capture the arrival of the wing sections, the fabrication of the skis and other rapid…

We are blown away by your support!

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Wow! We are blown away. The support you have given this project is incredible! 868 backers, $106,689 raised on Kickstarter, and a huge running start to capture a story that clearly resonates with you as it does for us. It’s going to be fun to be able to follow Burt as he finishes his plane…

SkiGull Description & Walter Mitty Plan

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My 2011 retirement started with a year not doing any design/build, and questioning if I had the persistence to develop another aircraft. I then spent 2 years doing preliminary designs of a very special airplane, the SkiGull. The design was recently changed to use a modified version of a certified Rotax engine (turbo, E- fuel…