Today in History – December 23, 1986 – Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager land Voyager and break a record

23 December 1986 – 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds after taking off from Edwards AFB, the Rutan Model 76 Voyager became the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling setting a flight endurance record.

“The aircraft was first imagined by Jeana YeagerDick Rutan, and Dick’s brother Burt Rutan when they were at lunch in 1981. The idea was sketched out on the back of a napkin. Voyager was built in Mojave, California over a period of five years, mainly by volunteers working under both the Rutan Aircraft Factory and an organization named Voyager Aircraft. Burt Rutan served as the lead designer for the project.

Voyager was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. The flight took off from Edwards Air Force Base’s 15,000 foot (4,600 m) runway in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986, and ended 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds later on December 23rd. The aircraft flew westerly 26,366 statute miles (42,432 km; the FAI accredited distance is 40,212 km)[1] at an average altitude of 11,000 feet (3,350 m).”

Source: Wikipedia

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