Maverick designer Burt Rutan re-invents the airplane, shoots a man into space and lands in the history books. Now he takes on the challenge of building his ultimate aircraft.
Hanging over the main entrance of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum — the most visited museum in America — is a strange looking aircraft designed by the visionary aviation engineer Burt Rutan. Looking Up, Way Up! is a documentary film that tells the story of this legendary maverick who makes his career by doing the impossible.
Burt’s creating yet another groundbreaking aircraft — in his garage.
From his groundbreaking innovations in homebuilt aircraft designs, to the first plane to circumnavigate the earth without refueling, to the first privately developed spacecraft to put a man in space, Rutan’s 48 unconventional aircraft revolutionize the aviation and aerospace industries. Now Burt is creating his 49th manned aircraft, which he says is his most ambitious project yet.
We’ve spent over 15 years chronicling Rutan’s unique and fascinating story. With extraordinary exclusive access to his creative process, breathtaking aerial & archival footage, and candid interviews with Rutan, his family, colleagues, competitors, and those he’s inspired — Looking Up, Way Up! is a candid and unforgettable journey into the genius and passion behind a true pioneer.