American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum Presents an Evening With Dick Rutan on April 7

Special Presentation by Record-Setting Pilot and Aviation Pioneer

Mar 24, 2011, 11:30 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a continuing series of presentations by leaders and legends in the aviation community, American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum welcomes aviation futurist Dick Rutan. In his presentation titled "Aviation Adventures Around and Out of This World," Rutan will talk about his life in aviation, from his days in the U. S. Air Force to his round-the-world, nonstop flight aboard Voyager to his record-setting rocket flight here in the United States.

Rutan has consistently pushed the boundaries of flight, as attested by the awards and honors he has received: Louis Bleriot Award – distance (1981), Presidential Citizens Medal (1986), Collier Trophy, for achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles (1986 and 1987) and two more Louis Bleriot Awards, for around-the-world flight (1987) and the longest point-to-point rocket plane flight (2005).

Rutan's 7 p.m. presentation on Thursday, April 7, will be held in the Flagship Auditorium of the American Airlines Training and Conference Center, 4501 Highway 360 South, across FAA Road from the C. R. Smith Museum. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $20 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at the museum gift shop, by phone at 817-967-5995 or online at

About The C.R. Smith Museum

The C.R. Smith Museum takes visitors on a flight through American Airlines history, with interactive exhibits that entice participation by all age groups. The museum features hundreds of historical artifacts, photographs, full-scale aircraft engines and a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner. In addition, the museum's state of the art digital theater features The Spirit of American, a film featuring the history of commercial aviation as well as breathtaking aerial photography.

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