A later design, the BD-10 powered by the same engine (GE J-85) used on Lear Jet business jets, claimed to be the first supersonic personal jet built from a kit. Three aircraft were built. The BD-10 prototype aircraft which flew over 200 hours at the Mojave Flight Test Center in California, and was flown by such notables as General Chuck Yeager, Hoot Gibson, Bob Hoover, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, and Victor Belenko. The prototype BD 10 Jet still operates by a private owner today. The second aircraft was built at the Peregrine Aircraft Company in Minden Nevada. During a flight Test at Douglas County Airport, the aircraft far exceeded the maximum safe flight test speed, and broke up inflight, killing pilot Mike VanWagonen. It was estimated that this aircraft experienced catastrophic vertical stabilizer failure, due to the excess speed during the flight. The prototype is known to be flying today, and a second airworthy example has just been acquired by the Canadian Flying Machine Museum. None of them ever broke the sound barrier. This aircraft was featured on the cover of Aviation Week in June 1994, with a full pilots report.
Burt Rutan takes us to the stars: driven by the recent success of SpaceShipOne, Burt Rutan seeks to show the world his dream of a space tourism industry--and make it come true.(2004 Innovator Of The Year)(Cover Story)(Biography)
Aug 01, 2004; Burt Rutan knows what he wants and he doesn't aim low. "I would like to achieve a goal that NASA has neglected: to make flight...