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Burt Rutan’s Boomerang: Safety Through Asymmetry


OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The Boomerang, designed by aviation legend Burt Rutan, is one of those creations that draws a crowd due to its innovation, unmatched performance and unusual appearance. When word got out earlier this summer that a crew was working on the asymmetric airplane and would have it here at Airventure, it generated tremendous excitement.

Never mind that the design is more than 15 years old and has been here several times.

But the fact it is old news doesn’t matter. The unusual airplane still turns heads and, perhaps more often, leaves people scratching their heads. Rutan calls it his greatest accomplishment in general aviation.

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