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Voyager Returns to Mojave Tuesday, Aviator Sends Congratulations

January 5, 1987

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) _ Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who guided Voyager into the history books with the first non-stop, unrefueled flight around the world, will be back at the controls Tuesday for another flight.

This time, they’ll be traveling just 20 miles, returning Voyager from Edwards Air Force Base to its headquarters at Mojave Airport, said Gary Gunnell, general manager of Voyager Aircraft Inc.

″The plane’s all ship-shape,″ he said.

Voyager will be displayed at the airport for the next three to six months, Gunnell said. Eventually, designer Burt Rutan, brother of the pilot, hopes Voyager will go to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

The two pilots flew Voyager out of Edwards on Dec. 14 and returned there Dec. 23 after logging more than 25,000 miles.

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