New England Air Museum
Rutan VariEze
Rutan VariEze at NEAM
Gift of Cy and Mary Mehling

The "VariEze" was introduced in July, 1976 by Burt Rutan and was a tremendous contribution to the development of composite aircraft and the popularization of modern canard design. Rutan reinforced these concepts through step-by-step plans, lectures and seminars. It was designed to be an easy to build airplane with fairly high performance and relatively low cost.

This plane, built by Cy and Mary Mehling of Doylestown. PA, first flew on July 12, 1977 and was the third VariEze.

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Length: 14' 2"
Wingspan: 23' 6"
Height: 5' 11"
Empty Weight: 702 lbs.
Gross Weight: 1,050 lbs.
Cruise Speed: 165 mph
Maximum Speed: 185 mph
Range: 700 mi.
Service Ceiling: 7,500'
Powerplant: Continental O-200
Year: 1977
Serial No.: 3
Registration: N477C
Location: Civilian Hangar

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