Known as an aviation maverick, Elbert “Burt” Leander Rutan, is the most innovative and productive aircraft designer of all time. With over 300 conceptualized vehicles, and over 30 of those designs built and tested, it’s easy to see why. With an early interest in airplanes, Burt began building new aircraft configurations with parts from wrecked balsa wood kits. This fascination to investigate new ideas has continued throughout Burt’s career. Length 5:00.