One could, after a few drinks and in the presence of a sufficiently uncritical audience, represent recent efforts to improve upon the efficiency of the time-honored conventional monoplane configuration as an accidental reflection, in reversed chronology, of the history of Bleriot’s experiments. In the 1970s, after many decades of tail-aft monoplanes, we suddenly found ourselves, thanks to Burt Rutan, imagining that the long-neglected canard arrangement had been the right answer all along. Rutan himself, abhorring predictability, drifted from canards to tandem arrangements such as the Quickie, Grizzly and the little-known Model 133 Advanced Technology Tactical Transport. Nicknamed SMUT, which stood for Special Mission Utility Transport, the tandem-wing Model 133 was built, subsequent to the disastrous 1980 attempt to rescue hostages from Iran, to meet a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency requirement for a fast, long-range STOL airplane for personnel-extraction applications. Like the smaller Grizzly, SMUT solved the canard’s problem of high landing speeds — one limitation of the canard arrangement is that the main wing cannot have very effective high-lift devices — by making the tandem wings similar in size and providing them with extremely large Fowler flaps. With flaps extended, SMUT had nearly as much wing area, relative to its size, as Bleriot’s Model VI.