Rutan Quickie

A picture of the Rutan Quickie

The Quickie was designed in 1974 by a team made up of Burt Rutan, Tom Jewett, and Gene Sheehan.  The goal was to create an easy to build and fly aircraft that would not tax the skills of the average homebuilder. 

The oddly shaped design was introduced to the public in 1978, and Jewett and Sheehan formed the Quickie Aircraft Corporation to sell kits and plans.  The aircraft is technically a canard design, however the nearly equal size of each wing makes it appear to be a biplane.  By 1980, over 300 kits had been sold, but exactly how many of these resulted in finished aircraft is not clear.

The aircraft in the Museum’s collection was built by Edgar B. Weaver of Anaheim, California and was finished in 1980.  He donated it to the Pima Air & Space Museum in 1987.

Wingspan

16 ft 10 in.

Length

17 ft 5 in.

Height

4 ft

Weight

1100 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

160 MPH

Service Ceiling

12,303 ft

Range

1,600 miles

Engine

One ONAN B48-M-9A018 two-cylinder engine with 40 horsepower

Crew

1

Manufacturer
Rutan

Markings
Edgar Weaver, 1986

Designation
Quickie

Registration
N80EB

Serial Number
297

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