Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weird: Rutan Model 202 Boomerang


  1. Looks like a Blom und Voss aircraft design, the Germans had one of these asymetric designs for observation planes.

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    1. It's all fun and games until you lose the main engine...

  3. Nope, I like symmetry in plane designs.

  4. Burt Rutan is the archetype of the mad scientist of airplane design - what a creative mind! Outside the box so far there might as well not be a box ...

  5. I read about this one years ago. The reason for the asymmetric design is the airplane flies true with either engine stopped. Most accidents involving light twins occur during single engine flight when the altered handling catches pilots out. The Boomerang has the same handling characteristics with both engines running, only the left engine running or only the right engine running. The Cessna 337 with it's centreline thrust design was an earlier attempt to solve the same problem.