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AVIATIONPage 432September 4, 1995

MCDONNELL Eyes Blended Wing Body Research Aircraft

McDonnell Douglas hopes NASA will support its ideas for a blended wi-ng body (BWB) transport--able to carry some 800 passengers at a fraction of today's cost--with a program to build an X-plane research aircraft that could start in 1998. Designers in Long Beach, Calif., one year into a three-year, $3 million NASA/industry/ university program to come up with design concepts for the new aircraft, told The DAILY they see significant interest at NASA in funding part of an X-designated BWB aircraft for flight research.

Researchers envision an aircraft design closer to a flying wing than a conventional fuselage and wing, and a research aircraft is needed to understand its aerodynamics and flying characteristics, said Robert Liebeck, a senior fellow at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace's Advanced Transport Aircraft.

"You wind up with the same takeoff gross weight as a 747, carrying twice as many passengers, and for half the fuel," he said. The total gross takeoff weight of a BWB transport is estimated to be 13% less than that of a conventional configuration, but the lift-to-drag ratio would be 35% higher and the fuel burn nearly one-third less. Two decks would carry 800 passengers about 7,000 nautical miles at the conventional 0.85 Mach. Engines would be buried aft, and doors and panoramic windows would be in the leading edge.
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Correspondence is listed in Chronological order
March 29, 1995 to present day (1 - 33)
(All correspondence since March 29, 1995 is present)

1. Mar 29, 1995 Burnelli letter to NASA 2. May 5, 1995-NASA response 3. Aug. 10, 1995-Burnelli letter to NASA General Counsel
4. Aug. 31, 1995-NASA response 5. Sept. 6, 1995-Burnelli responds to NASA Sr. Patent Atty 6. Sep. 20, 1995-Burnelli to NASA re: lifting body research project
7. Sept. 21, 1995-NASA says "the patent expired" 8. Sep. 27, 1995-Burnelli to NASA Counsel, "..when criminal conspiracy is involved.." 9. Oct. 3, 1995-NASA Gnl Counsel, "..I am not your attorney.."
10. Oct 3, 1995-Burnelli to NASA, "..outrageous bureaucratic tyranny.." 11. Oct 6, 1995-BURNELLI submits reports and tests to NASA 12. Nov. 2, 1995, Burnelli, "..may I have a response.."
13. June 27, 1996 Burnelli claims NASA is refusing to acknowledge 14. July 3, 1996 - NASA: "We will not consider taking licence".. 15. July 9, 1996 Burnelli, presents Lockheed correspondence
16. Aug 12, 1996 Burnelli presents Flight magazine article 17. Aug 27, 1996 - NASA Gen'l Counsel requests past correspondence-lost 18. Sept 3, 1996 Burnelli, " ..appeal to you, correct a grave injustice.."
19. Sept 6, 1996 NASA: "..we have no record of your letter.." 20. Sept 24, 1996 - Burnelli: "..all aircraft mfr's recognized Burnelli importance in mid-30's" 21. Sept 25, 1996 NASA: "..Burnelli did not submit a proposal.."
22. Oct 7, 1996 Burnelli: "..NASA, you have deferred our correspondence.." 23. Oct 11, 1996 - Burnelli: "..internet NASA FACT is a lie.." 24. Oct 28, 1996 NASA: "..we will continue to disagree.."
25. Dec 9, 1996 Burnelli: "..NASA, you have repudiated your obligations.." 26. Jun 10, 1965 - Jean A. Roche', Head Aeronautician Engr./Tech. Advisor, US Army Air Forces 27. Jan 13, 1997 BURNELLI: "..we have not received answers to our letters.."
28. Jan 29, 1997 BURNELLI: .."we request that NASA provide no further funding to BWB project.." 29. Feb 10, 1997 BURNELLI: ..Smithsonian article quote:.."the first to touch on the concept was Vincent Burnelli.. " 30. Feb 20, 1997 - NASA: .."considers this matter closed.."
31. Sep. 4, 1995 AVIATION DAILY article .."McDonnell eyes blended wing body research.." 32. Feb 5, 1986 MIAMI HERALD: " NASA behind the times" 33. CARISI Report

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