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Burt Rutan's Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations    by Dan Linehan order for
Burt Rutan's Race to Space
by Dan Linehan
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Zenith Press, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Monterey writer Dan Linehan has followed up his first book, Space Ship One: An Illustrated History with this second nicely illustrated volume on aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan.

Besides a look into Rutan's life, the book focuses on the groundbreaking, innovative designs and aircraft that Rutan created over the years. Over 44 manned vehicles have been created by the two companies Rutan created. Rutan Aircraft Factory (RAF) and Scaled Composites have both been in the forefront in the race to create aircraft that would take civilians farther out into deep space.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum now houses some of these remarkable aircraft, including SpaceShipOne that won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, the Voyager, Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer and the VeriEse.

Over 200 color and black and white photos accompany Linehan's informative text and make this a book that anyone interested in space flight, aviation or aeronautical design will want to own.

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