An original gouache painting of two aircraft created by famed aviation pioneer Burt Rutan, one the now-historic Voyager which is currently displayed at the National Air and Space Museum. The Voyager is the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, the feat achieved in late 1986 over a period of approximately nine days. This drawing is currently unframed but protected. Measurements are 21" by 23" and 29" by 27 1/2" including the mat. The work came from the collection of another aviation pioneer, SR-71 Blackbird test pilot This work has an interesting provenance. It came from the recently downsized estate of retired CIA and US Air Force elite test pilot Col. Kenneth Collins. Collins, call sign "Dutch 21", flew the A-12, father of the famous SR-71 Blackbird, the uniquely shaped black high altitude Mach 3+ reconnaissance jet that set the cross country speed record when it flew from San Diego to Washington DC in 65 minutes. Some of his time was spent at the top-secret, legendary "Area 51" test zone in Nevada. Collins was later a pilot and instructor pilot on the SR-71. He served in Korea and Vietnam, with a long and distinguished career in the US military and later in civilian life. Voyager was designed by Dick and Burt Rutan, and ultimately piloted by Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan on its famous around-the-world flight.
Original aviation art illustration of Burt Rutan Voyager Aircraft Signed by artist