First non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
On December 23, 1986, the Rutan Voyager completed the first nonstop, non-refueled flight around the world. A unique aircraft constructed almost entirely of lightweight graphite-honeycomb composite materials and laden with fuel, it lifted off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, at 8:01 am on December 14, 1986. It returned nine days later at 8:05 am.
For their record-breaking flight, pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, designer Burt Rutan, and crew chief Bruce Evans earned the Collier Trophy, aviation's most prestigious award. Gift of Voyager Aircraft Inc.
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