There are 16 comments on this story. Click here to view comments >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email

September 2, 2012 in City
Kathy Plonka photo Buy this photo

Burt Rutan flies his radio-controlled, tethered model airplane at his home in Coeur d’Alene on Aug. 15. He now envisions developing a hybrid plane that could also navigate rivers and lakes.

Associated Press photo

The Rutan-designed SpaceShipOne comes in for a landing after making a suborbital flight in pursuit of the X Prize in Mojave, Calif., in September 2004.

Tom Sowa photo

Rutan checks out the Catbird, an experimental plane he designed and built, at the Coeur d’Alene Air Show on Aug. 18.

Associated Press photo

Rutan’s White Knight, carrying SpaceShipOne, makes a flight in 2004.