The Rutan Model 61 Long-EZ, designed by Rutan Aircraft Factory. Burt Rutan’s company produced the Long-EZ for home construction. It was a tandem, two-seat canard designed aircraft with a pusher propulsion, employing Lycoming piston engines with pusher propeller. The Long-EZ was designed for fuel efficiency.
The Long-EZ was a successor development of its predecessor, the VariEze. In 1980-85 plans for the Long-EZ were marketed and resulted in over 700 sales since 1980 to 2021. Well over 800 are registered with the FAA. It first flew in 1979.
The Long-EZ gained fame from its around-the-world flight by Dick Rutan and Mike Melville in 1997 when they flew together with 2 Long-EZs they had built.
Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Rutan Aircraft Factory
Model: 61 Long-EZ
Max T/O Weight: 1,325 lbs.
Span: 26 ft. 1 in.
Length: 16 ft. 10 in.
Height: 7 ft. 10 in.
Maximum Speed: 185 mph
Cruise Speed: 144 mph
Rate of Climb: 1,750 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 x 115-hp Lycoming O-235, air-cooled, flat-four piston piston engine