Rutan Long-Ez

The Rutan Long-Ez was designed by Burt Rutan and is designed to be ultra fuel efficient with a range of over 2000 miles. Burt Rutan's older brother Dick, flew one of these aircraft around the world with some legs extending to 14 hours.

If you're thinking that this aircraft looks like a spaceship, you're not too far off. After the Long-Ez, Burt Rutan went on to design SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded spaceship. He is now working with Virgin Galactic on a successor model to take paying passengers into space.

Photography - Brian Nicholas