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Via Certified RRR mail #: Z 428 484 471

August 27, 1999

The Honorable William Cohen
Secretary of Defense
The Department of Defense
The Pentagon
Washington DC 20330-1060

Dear Secretary Cohen,

I received your response to my letter to you of July 14, signed by Colonel Coutee. Curiously, his letter is dated August 4, 1999, but it arrived at our office on August 25th. Regrettably, the Coutee letter was virtually a duplicate of the one sent to me on August 24, 1998, by Colonel Blackhurst and is, of course, an unacceptable response to my sincere request.

You have repeatedly refused to recognize the facts and the truth which totally refute the technical asseverations, listed in the conclusion page 5 of the 1941 U.S. Army/Air Corps Proceedings of a Board of Review report. Therefore, I have prepared an affidavit which I request you to have executed by the USAF's most senior aeronautical engineer. The execution of this document should bring to an end the decades of fruitless correspondence between the Burnelli Company and the Department of Defense. Please return the duly filled out, signed and notarized affidavit within 20 days of receipt.

I trust you will find this a simple, honest and straightforward method of satisfactorily resolving this unfortunate matter.

Sincerely,

 

 

Chalmers H. Goodlin
Chairman & C.E.O.

 

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AFFIDAVIT OF TRUTH

 

I, ___________________, currently holding the position of _________________ in the United States Air Force, the undersigned, do affirm, declare and depose as follows:

1. I am competent to state the matters set forth herein.

2. All the facts stated herein are true, correct and certain, admissible as evidence, and if called upon to testify, I will affirm their veracity.

3. I have carefully studied the below listed technical asseverations, extracted from the conclusions page 5 of the September 19, 1941 U.S. Army Air Corps Proceedings of a Board of Review Report pertaining to the Burnelli lifting-body principle of aircraft design.

4. The statements made below are based upon my full technical knowledge as the USAF Chief Aeronautical Engineer, more formally known under the title of____________________________.

5. That conclusion a) on page 5 of the September 19, 1941 U.S. Army Air Corps Proceedings of a Board of Review Report cited under item 3 above states:

"That the Burnelli 'lifting fuselage' design does not offer sufficient new or novel ideas of military value to warrant the construction of experimental or production airplanes."

The quote above is truthful and factual in 1941 (yes/no)__________
                                                                  in 1999________________
                 at any time between 1941 and 1999________________

6. That conclusion b) on page 5 of the September 19, 1941 U.S. Army Air Corps Proceedings of a Board of Review Report cited under item 3 above states:

"That the principal aerodynamic benefits claimed by V. J. Burnelli have been achieved on present experimental and production airplanes through the use of properly shaped streamlined bodies upon which low drag rather than high lift has been emphasized."

The quote above is truthful and factual in 1941 (yes/no)__________
                                                                  in 1999________________
                 at any time between 1941 and 1999________________

7. That conclusion c) on page 5 of the September 19, 1941 U.S. Army Air Corps Proceedings of a Board of Review Report cited under item 3 above states:

"That the Burnelli emphasis upon the 'lifting fuselage' is not in accordance with best aeronautical practice based upon best aerodynamic information, since such a fuselage has a relatively low critical speed which definitely limits the future development of this type of airplane."

The quote above is truthful and factual in 1941 (yes/no)__________
                                                                  in 1999________________
                 at any time between 1941 and 1999________________

 

I,________________________________________, do hereby swear / attest under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing statement of facts is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

 

Name (Print):

 

Signature:

 

Before me, the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared , known to me / who proved to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged to me that he executed the same. Given under my hand and seal of office on this the ___ day of_____________, 1999

 

_________________________________
Notary Public

 

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