Manufacturer: Beechcraft / Scaled Composites

Model: 3000 (Scaled 205)

Name: Synergy

Type: Small airliner

Date: 1991

Status: Experimental

Country: United States of America

Service: Commercial (not marketed)

Designation: none


While Burt Rutan designed and built the 85% scale SCAT-1 demonstrator for the Beechcraft Starship, he also came up with an unusual tandem-wing derivative, the Model 3000 Synergy (Scaled Model 205).

Performance was only marginally better than that of the other prototype, and with a 25% increase in weight, it also used a lot more fuel. The "Synergy" was therefore scrapped little after its first flight and forgotten...


One of my very earliest aircraft photomanipulations! I took three different pictures of the Starship (actually the black and white image is that of the mockup...) and reworked them by selecting the forward part of the fuselage and copy-pasting it further to elongate the aircraft. The wings were also copied and repasted but some shrinking was involved in the process.

If I were to redo these images now I would use much higher resolution pics to work from... But at the time I guess my computer's screen had a mere 1024 x 768 resolution, so they seemed big enough... :(

NOTE: I haven't been able to find the exact same original image for the bottom right picture but it was from the same flights and probably separated by a couple of seconds.

Viewers' comments:
  • Even weirder than the Starship itself, congratulations... (Tophe)
  • ROTFL! Does Rutan get a double-royalty for this one? (Caravellarella)

My comments: