Los Angeles, CA, July 25, 2001 – A small company in California has built and flown a rocket-powered aircraft. Called the EZ-Rocket, this craft heralds a new era in rocketry and the development of safe, reusable rockets for manned flight. Below is an excerpt from their press release:
XCOR Aerospace today announced that it has begun flight tests of a manned rocket aircraft, the EZ-Rocket. The first successful flight test was performed on July 21 at Mojave Airport. The EZ-Rocket is a modified Long-EZ airplane, and powered by twin 400 pound thrust rocket engines designed and built by XCOR Aerospace.
XCOR’s test pilot is retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dick Rutan, a Vietnam veteran. Col. Rutan also flew around the world without refueling in the Voyager aircraft, and has flown around the world in his own Long-EZ. “This is the result of over six months of working with XCOR Aerospace to develop a flight test program for the EZ-Rocket. The first runway test was a resounding success.” said Lt. Col. Rutan.
Check out the entire press release on XCOR’s web site at: http://www.xcor.com.
XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California. The company is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable and reusable rocket engines.