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Special aircraft coming to EAA

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:13 pm
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Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers: OSHKOSH — The first private spaceship to fly to suborbit will make its only public appearance this summer at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2005, set for July 25-31.

SpaceShipOne and its launch-craft, White Knight, will be on the EAA grounds for the week-long AirVenture convention before going to Washington, D.C., where it will be displayed in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Designed by Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites, SpaceShipOne, made aviation history this fall, when civilian astronauts Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie took it on two successful flights 62 miles into the atmosphere to win the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.

The X-Prize offered the reward to the first privately built, staffed rocket ship to fly in space twice in two weeks. SpaceShipOne claimed the prize after flights Sept. 29 and Oct. 4, piloted by Melville and Binnie, respectively. The project was funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen.

Tom Poberezny, president of the EAA, announced SpaceShipOne’s Oshkosh appearance Wednesday.

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