- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (July 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760338159
- ISBN-13: 978-0760338155
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Linehan gives Rutan the credit he is due as one of the architects of twenty-first century private space travel. As he did with his earlier book, SpaceShipOne: An Illustrated History, Linehan also shows himself to be an engaging writer who combines scientific know-how with behind-the-scenes reporting that makes Rutan’s Race read like an adventure story."
—Paul G. Allen, co-winner of the Ansari X Prize
"Dan has done a fabulous job of describing the incredible journey of one of the most accomplished aircraft designers of all time, Burt Rutan. If you weren’t impressed by Burt before now, you certainly will be after reading this absolutely fascinating story of the incredible journey of Burt Rutan—from a young model airplane champion to legendary aircraft designer among the ranks of Douglas, Heinemann, Lockheed, and Kelly Johnson. I personally read it from one end to the other and loved it. This is a book you will read from cover to cover without being able to put it down. What a fascinating story of the aircraft designer of our time, Burt Rutan. His accomplishments as an aircraft designer and builder revolutionized the way airplanes are made.Way to go Dan Linehan for creating a mesmerizing collection of stories!"
—Robert “Hoot” Gibson, Space Shuttle Commander
"...provides a chronicle of all the air and spacecraft that have soared off of Rutan’s blueprints and into reality...this book is timely, enjoyable and acts as a wonderful window into the mind of the man that has revolutionized flight."
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"This book is not only a superb reference regarding an incredible aeronautical engineer, as well as the story behind the winner of the Ansari X Prize, it is also describes the experiences and decisions of a business entrepreneur. I think that this last part is important since, like it or not, without money successful engineering designs languish latent — their potential unrealized. "
“Burt will always be remembered as a visionary aircraft designer, his unique configurations a testament to his genius. However, a more subtle but undoubtedly key part of his success is his ability to make his unique visions resonate in those around him. If Burt’s only contribution were ideas he couldn’t communicate, he’d have executed on a couple and vanished into the background. His true genius is his capability to excite others, to make them believe in the unimaginable and to lead them on an unapologetic search for the unique. This book is sure to bring the reader along on that quest by detailing the unique concepts and the amazing stories behind them.”
—Matt Stinemetze, Project Engineer SpaceShipOne, Project Manager SpaceShipTwo Program
“Dan Linehan has produced an amazing narrative clearly explaining the technical evolution of how Burt Rutan founded two small aerospace companies that eventually lead to the capture the 10 million dollar X-prize awarded to the first company to shoot a manned, privately-funded spacecraft into outerspace twice within two weeks. I know. I was the lead structural analyst for Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne and witness to SpaceShipOne's construction, operation, and ultimate success. And now, the next generation SpaceShipTwo is designed to take passengers like you and me there. If you long to someday visit space yourself, Burt Rutan’s Race to Space is a must read. It very accurately captures the early evolution of space travel that will someday be as common place as airline travel is today.”
—Dan Kreigh, Senior Structural Engineer, Scaled Composites, and Inventor of the IFO
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“When it comes to the sky, Burt knows no boundaries. He is always reaching beyond normal expectations. This book will help you understand what makes Burt tick. It answers the ‘why and how’ behind many of his designs and innovations.”
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MUST READ for all aviation and mechanical gearheads. I have just purchased "SpaceShip One" so that I can continue to learn about my hero. I' m 72 years old and still have heroes.
I dock 1 star for the shoddy Kindle conversion...the content is messed up out of sequence, and there are periods where there is gray on white text that is impossible to rad...shame really for such a great read