Rutan is certainly one to admire, though there were and are a lot of engineers that did amazing stuff behind the scenes...Roc. I mainly admire him for building a business that creates jobs where people can be creative and build stuff. Welcome to Idaho, Burt. Another Idahoan we should not forget is Dean Wilson. Avid Aircraft which spun off many other similar designs as well as his Eagle crop duster, the Ellipse, and the Explorers. He only had a 9th grade education, but he was smart. A lot of engineers, including myself, could learn a lot from his practical approach. I don't think Burt or Dean were perfectionists but they built planes that flew and met their mission requirements.