Rare Rutan aircraft donated to the Institute for Aerospace Education

Defiant donation at farm3

By SaVannah Rash

Spirits were high at the Mayer household in Nelson County on Saturday, Nov. 2. Students from all across Kentucky were scrambling in frenzied excitement over the generous donation made by John Mayer to the Institute for Aerospace Education, a rare Rutan Defiant.

While the incomplete plane was being loaded onto a series of trucks and cars, Mayer shared his life story, explaining how he went from a small farm to a large-scale farming business that transcended state lines and allowed him the time and money to pursue aviation as an effective agribusiness tool as well as a pastime.

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