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Golfing with Kevin Sorbo isn’t rocket science: An interview with Burt Rutan

Aerospace engineer Burt Rutan has designed some of the most important space innovations during his illustrious career. He has won the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, Charles A. Lindbergh Award, and two Collier Trophies for his work. He was included in Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” and named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. magazine. Newsweek has described him as “the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer.”

The aeronautical genius spent decades creating new ways to travel. He designed the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world nonstop without refueling, and developed the Ultralite, an all-composite 100mpg show car for General Motors, and Proteus “affordable U-2” aircraft.

Rutan made international headlines in 2004 as the designer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately-built manned spacecraft to reach space for which he won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in the X Foundation’s competition to spur the development of affordable space tourism. The Discovery Channel featured SpaceShipOne’s exciting development and launch in two Peabody award-winning documentaries, including “Black Sky: The Race for Space.” A “60 Minutes” profile entitled, “Burt Rutan: An American Original,” aired in November, 2004, and has been re-aired twice by CBS.

The recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees is the founder and CEO of Scaled Composites, the most aggressive aerospace research company in the world that has developed and tested a variety of groundbreaking projects from military aircraft to executive jets. Based in Mojave, CA, the firm showcases some of the most innovative, energy-efficient designs ever flown.

Rutan also loves golf, and has participated in Kevin Sorbo’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) since its inception three years ago. He plans to attend again this year.

“It’s a great cause for sure,” said Rutan. “Also, the parties for the tournament are World Class. You will not forget the fun you had at the event, I promise. There are great venues and great fellow competitors. Everyone returns for more!”

Sign up to golf and meet Burt Rutan at this year’s 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 23-25, at Eagle Vines Golf Course, Silverado Resort, Napa Valley, CA. Contact Event Producer Lonnie Mintz via telephone at 818-880-5511 or sorbogolf@worldfitforkids.org to register or for more information.

Read the complete interview with Burt Rutan:  http://tinyurl.com/43x5qbz

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