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“I Learned About Flying from That”- by: Barry Ross

For the past 25 years Barry has illustrated Flying magazine’s monthly feature “I Learned About Flying From That”. These accounts of pilot’s sometimes hair-raising, sometimes funny and always educational experiences are the basis for the paintings that are featured here. He has tried to evoke both the risk and thrill of flight, capture the moment when things have gone awry, and yet give the viewer a hopeful feeling that the crisis will be satisfactorily resolved.

Barry Ross is a nationally recognized, award-winning illustrator. For Flying Magazine he has illustrated the “I Learned About Flying From That” column for the last 25 years. His sports illustrations have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life, and Running Times. For over 20 years he has been the illustrator of Golf Magazine’s famous instructional series, “Private Lessons”. In additional to his love of aviation and sports, his interest in the interpretation of technology through illustration led to many corporate commissions by clients including Exxon, Mobil Oil, Martin Marrietta, and Bendix Aerospace. Aviation has always been a prime force in his life. One of his earliest memories is of being taken by his father to the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, and looking through the chain link fence at the departure end of the runway as a squadron of Flying Fortresses took off for Europe. The sights and sounds of that moment was the beginning of his love of airplanes and flying.




View EAA’s exact working replica of SpaceShipOne!

Announced in May 1996, the X Prize was a $10,000,000 award for the first non-government organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft. The contest winner was to be the first team to launch a piloted spacecraft, carrying the payload equivalent of two passengers to an altitude of at least 328,100 feet (62.14 miles), and then repeat the feat using the same spacecraft within two weeks. To help stimulate innovation, and encourage the development of

affordable spaceflight and space tourism, teams were forbidden to accept government funding for their efforts.

In total, twenty-six teams from around the world participated in the race to win the X Prize. A wide variety of new spacecraft designs were developed – including SpaceShipOne, which finally captured the X Prize on October 4, 2004.

Scaled Composites’ Tier One Project was the world's first privately funded manned space program. Concept design and preliminary work began in 1996 and a full development program began in secrecy in April 2001 supported by investor Paul Allen. The program was unveiled to the public in April 2003, and made three successful spaceflights in 2004.

Tier One represented a complete manned space program including a launch aircraft (White Knight), a reusable three-place spaceship (SpaceShipOne), a hybrid rocket propulsion system, a mobile propulsion test facility, a flight simulator, an inertial-nav flight director, a mobile mission control center, all spacecraft systems, a pilot training program and a complete flight test program.

The main objective of the Tier One program - to develop technology for low-cost routine access to space – was successfully achieved. In 2004 and 2005 deals based on Tier One technology were signed with the world’s first “spaceline” Virgin Galactic, to design and build several spacecraft to be used for space tourism.

Burt Rutan has stated that Tier One will cover suborbital flights, Tier Two will cover orbital flights, and Tier Three will cover flights beyond Earth's orbit to the moon and other planets.

EAA’s new exhibit on this subject includes a full-size replica of SpaceShipOne. A complete set of spacecraft components were fabricated at Scaled Composites in Mojave, Calif., whose staff volunteered to complete the project under the supervision of the world's first civilian spacecraft pilot, longtime EAA member Mike Melvill.

The exhibit uses dramatic sound and lighting effects, as well as rare video footage - some never seen in public - to tell the story of a mission into space aboard SpaceShipOne. During this journey, EAA's replica spacecraft demonstrates a key technological breakthrough conceived by spacecraft designer Burt Rutan. To safely re-enter the atmosphere without excessive heating, SpaceShipOne hinges in half, completely changing the shape of the vehicle. This amazing physical transformation, which "feathers" the spacecraft for re-entry, will occurd before museum visitors' eyes every hour on the hour.

The SpaceShipOne exhibit is part of the Innovations Gallery, which salutes pioneering designs and flight accomplishments by EAA members and other designers. Six other aircraft designed by Rutan, a longtime EAA member, are part of that area, including a full-size mock-up of the Voyager, which became the first aircraft to fly around the world nonstop on one tank of fuel in 1986. The actual Voyager and SpaceShipOne are displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.


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