Rutan Aircraft Factory
Founded by Elbert (Burt) L Rutan in 1969, Rutan Aircraft Factory first flew the VariViggen two/four-seat canard monoplane for construction by amateur builders from plans in 1972. Other aircraft followed, including VariEze two-seater (first flown 1974), Defiant four-seater (first flown 1978), Grizzly joined-wing/canard STOL transport (first flown 1982), and Voyager.
Rutan opted for a basic canard configuration, and has succeeded in developing several canard lightplanes with first-class flight characteristics.
1984: Rutan Aircraft Factory, Building 13, Mojave Airport, Mojave, CA 93501, USA.