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Final Preparations
Photograph by Jim Sugar

Burt Rutan holds the October 4 preflight briefing with his team at his company, Scaled Composites. Surrounded by photos of aircraft he designed and built over several decades, and sitting around a conference table made of the same carbon fiber used to build SpaceShipOne, Rutan's team revisits the key points of a more lengthy briefing a day earlier. In moments they'll head outside for takeoff.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Kodak Ektachrome 100
Lens: Nikkor 18-35mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: 5 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Fill-in flash
Special Equipment or Comments: Nikon SB-28 strobe attached to camera with a NC-17 cord

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