MOJAVE — The Burt Rutan-designed Long-EZ airplane looks a little un­usual with its rear engine and ability to “kneel” on the nose when parked, but the popular design for those who build one them­selves can be readily found at airports all over the country.

Ridgecrest residents’ Char and Gary Spencer’s Long-EZ is even more un­usual, as it has been spec­ial­ly outfitted with a Ford V-8 racing engine.

“He has it tricked out,” fellow pilot Cathy Hansen said. “It doesn’t start like a normal engine; it ex­plodes into action.”

The Spencers will speak about how they en­gin­eered the engine’s in­clu­sion in their airplane dur­ing a presentation on Sat­urday at the Mojave Air and Space Port, part of the monthly Plane Crazy Saturday event.

The talk begins at 11 a.m. in the board room, in the Administration Build­ing at the end of Air­port Boulevard.

Seating is limited and visitors are asked to RSVP to

Plane Crazy Saturday is a monthly gathering of aviation enthusiasts pre­sent­ed by the Mojave Trans­portation Museum Foun­dation.

The free, family-friend­ly educational event features a flight line filled with aircraft of varied types and vintages, avail­able for visitors to see up-close.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to the flight line with its displays is through the Voy­ager restaurant, in the Administration building. The restaurant opens for break­fast at 8 a.m.

Dogs and other an­im­als, other than service animals, are not permitted on the flight line.

Aviation and space art, hats, shirts, books and col­lect­ibles will be av­ail­able for sale.

Spencer’s talk will be a technical presentation, Han­sen said, geared tow­ard the audience that typ­ic­ally leans heavily tow­ard engineers and know­ledgeable airplane en­thu­siasts.

Weather permitting, the airplane will be dis­played on the flight line with the others in order for guests to see it for them­selves, she said.

The Long-EZ is what’s known as a pusher air­plane, in which the airp­lane engine and prop is mount­ed at the rear of the airplane instead of the front.

In this case, eight in­div­id­ual exhaust pipes exit where the engine cowls join around the back.

With the water-cooled Ford racing engine, the souped-up plane has a top speed of 250 mph.

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