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The Region : Paris Appearance for Voyager in Doubt

May 24, 1987

The Voyager flew nonstop around the world but it may not get to the Paris Air Show next month. Spokesman Peter Riva said efforts to raise $425,000 to send the famous aircraft to Paris have been unsuccessful. The aircraft has a wingspan of more than 110 feet--requiring the use of a giant C-5A Galaxy military jet to transport it--and the money is needed to pay for the C-5A. According to Riva, it would be an "absurd risk" to try to fly the Voyager to Paris. The aircraft, which made history last December when Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew it around the world without stopping or refueling, remains on display at Mojave Airport. It eventually will be housed at the Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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