Lancaster, CA. June 28, 2017 – During last night’s Lancaster City Council meeting, pilot and aviation legend Dick Rutan was honored for his many contributions to the Antelope Valley region. Rutan, a longtime resident of the Antelope Valley, has pushed the limits of aviation, setting numerous world records along the way.
The Community Contributors program is part of the City’s yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary. Throughout the year, multiple members of the community will be chosen by the City to receive this accolade. Additional recipients will be honored at upcoming City Council meetings.
“Dick Rutan is a patriot, pioneer and innovator, which made him a clear choice for our Community Contributors program,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “His many achievements as an aviator are simply amazing. It is an honor to get to recognize a man who has achieved so much for our community over the last several decades. Rutan’s impact on the Antelope Valley community and aviation as a whole will continue on for many years to come.”
Rutan was the first person to fly around the world without landing or refueling in the world famous Voyager; a plane he built with his brother Burt. The legendary 1986 flight was started and completed at Edwards Air Force Base, only a few miles from the City of Lancaster. Rutan is a military veteran as well, serving as an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War.
The list of Rutan’s accolades is extensive. He received awards in the military such as the Silver Star and Purple Heart; as well as civilian awards such as the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, awarded to him by President Ronald Reagan.