On Display – Under Restoration
The all-composite airframe Starship was the first civilian airplane to make wide-ranging use of composite materials. Raytheon made a significant investment in the development of the plane, putting it into service in the late 1980s. Bert Rutan participated in the aircraft’s futuristic design, which featured push-type turboprops and canard wings among its many innovations. However, it enjoyed limited commercial success and Raytheon decommissioned the entire Starship fleet in 2003. It donated a limited number of the planes to museums, making its first donation to the Kansas Aviation Museum. Our Starship was flown to the museum from Rockford, Ill., in August 2003.
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engines, 1200 h.p. each
Span 54 ft. 5 in.
Length 46 ft. 1 in.
Height 12 ft. 11 in.