Boomerang

This plane is a great example of what an imaginative mind can achieve when combined with an understanding of aerodynamics.  It is one of the products of the talent that is Burt Rutan.  When Burt ran Scaled Composites, he specialized in creating aircraft that were out of the ordinary and yet capable performers.  The Boomerang is an asymmetric airframe that provides twin engine performance with more benign handling in an engine out configuration.  I came upon it during a visit to Oshkosh for Airventure.

The owner at the time was very happy to share his aircraft with anyone who was interested and, given the unusual nature of the plane and the fascination people have with Rutan’s creations, he was never short of visitors.  I didn’t spend much time with him but, while I was there, I was struggling to find angles to shoot the plane from to emphasize what makes it special.  Getting it in flight would have helped but it was fun checking it out while it was on the ground.

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