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Rutan pilots EZ-Rocket plane on point-to-point flight

12/06/2005 9:24 AM

At first glance it may not seem like much. On Monday, a plane took off from Mojave California Spaceport at 11:40 AM and nine minutes later landed at California City airport some ten miles away. Things change a bit when you take a closer look at the "plane" - the EZ-Rocket, piloted by Burt Rutan.

The EZ-Rocket is a modified Long-EZ homebuilt aircraft. The vehicle is propelled by twin 400-pound thrust, regeneratively cooled rocket engines and fueled by isopropyl alcohol and liquid oxygen. It is a precursor from XCOR Aerospace - the makers of the first generation of X-Racers for the newly-formed Rocket Racing League.

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