Skip to main content

Jeana Yeager Collection

Identifier: 2008.001

Scope and Content Note

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.


  • 1960 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1984 - 1989


Restrictions on Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical/Historical Note

"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


225.55 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Jeana Yeager Collection
H.A. Stevens
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository