Rutan, Elbert L. "Burt" (1943–)
In April 1982, Rutan founded Scaled Composites (Scaled) to develop research aircraft. Since its founding, Scaled has been the world's most productive aerospace prototype development company. Scaled developed the full-scale flying prototype for the VisionAire Vantage business jet, built three NASA X-38 crew return vehicle structures, developed the Williams, International V-Jet II, the multi-mission, high-altitude Proteus aircraft and the Adam Model 309 business aircraft. The Rotary Rocket Roton atmospheric test vehicle airframe was manufactured at Scaled. Scaled's newest flying prototypes are the WhiteKnight (an airborne launch aircraft) and SpaceShipOne (a three-place, high-altitude research rocket). Scaled is currently developing new composite manufacturing processes for application to general aviation, fighters, and new space launch vehicles. The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer designed and built at Scaled made its maiden flight in March 2004 and, piloted by Steve Fossett, completed the first, round-the-world flight, without refueling, by a turbofan aircraft in March 2005. In February 2006, it broke the world non-stop distance record for a powered plane.
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