To be clear, the fuel selector was not where Rutan had placed it. Funny, just a few days ago a guy came up from Florida to buy my old engine. He has a long-easy now (which he built) and is building a Defiant. Obviously, he’s a fan. His day job is running the Guard’s F-35 program out of Randolph (I think) and until recently he flew F-16s. Super nice guy and really into aviation. He stole that engine from me but I was desperate to get it out of the hangar. I asked him about the F-35 and the helmet specifically. He said, “Everyone seems focused on that helmet. We use the exact same helmet in the F-16. It’s like the least impressive thing about the F-35!”
Well anyway, I have always loved the Rutan planes. Unfortunately, the only one I ever flew was the Beachcraft Starship which was a spectacular turd. I need something “non-helicopter” in my lineup and maybe this is just the ticket.