|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
The Starship was a collaboration between Beechcraft and Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites formed to create a business aircraft that would be bigger and more efficient than the King Air series in the early 1980s. During the production of an 85% proof of concept aircraft by Scaled Composites, the design of the full-scale Starship was underway at Beechcraft. Due to the use and certification of new composite materials in a business aircraft, and difficulties integrating subcontractors into the production process, the program slipped well behind schedule and costs mounted. The first production Starship was ready in late 1988, and 53 were produced before the program was cancelled. At least 24 were destroyed after being bought back by Beechcraft, and five remain airworthy. One of them, N514RS, was on display in Boeing Plaza and flew in the airshows (see future posting) by pilot/owner Robert Scherer of Aspen, CO.
The Cozy homebuilt aircraft began as a derivative of the Rutan Long-EZ that was designed by Nat Puffer in the mid 1980s. Originally in a two-seat (side-by-side) pusher propeller canard configuration, later models have grown to accommodate three or four-seats. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty is currently the sole distributor of CozyAircraft plans and supplies. On display in Boeing Plaza was the Jet-powered Cozy, "Kerosene Dreams," powered by a 600lb. thrust GE T58 jet engine. Owner Ryszard Zadow of Waller, Texas hoped to use the aircraft on display to bring attention to his initiative to establish a Rutan Aircraft Flying Museum.