Jeana Yeager's collection documents the construction of the Voyager aircraft, from inception through the successful world flight and subsequent whirlwind press tour. Sketches, drawings, material testing, fundraising, extensive correspondence, volunteer support, press/media, congratulations and awards are all represented in the collection. Particularly strong are the photographs, slides, documentation, maps, awards and plane parts/materials.
"On December 14, 1986, Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan took off from Mojave Desert, on their history-making flight - the first to circle the globe non-stop without refueling. The flight required almost superhuman physical and psychological effort - the two pilots spending nine days in an unpressurized cockpit, 3.5 feet wide by 7 feet long. The plane weighed less than an automobile (2000 pounds empty) and carried 1,200 gallons of fuel. The nine-day flight took them west over the Pacific through violent winds and turbulences through life-threatening mechanical failures, at times over forbidden countries. Both pilots experienced high spirits and exhausting emotional let-downs . . .until finally, on December 23, 48 hours ahead of schedule, Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan completed the circle with their triumphal landing."
- Taken from "Voyager" by Jeana Yeager, Dick Rutan and Phil Patton
Part of the Special Collections, Gee Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository
Please cite as: The Jeana Yeager Collection, collection 2008.01, James G. Gee Library Special Collections, Texas A & M University-Commerce. http://archives.tamuc.edu/repositories/2/resources/1 Accessed September 20, 2017.
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