Mr. Robert A. Davis
Engineering and Technology
THE BOEING COMPANY
P. O. Box 3707, MS 13-35
SEATTLE, WA 98124-2207
Dear Mr. Davis,
I find it interesting that my appeal to Mr. Shrontz, as a member
of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, is responded to by Boeing's
Vice President of Engineering and Technology.
Your apparent approval of the Smithsonian omissions, misrepresentation
and gutter journalism, regarding its treatment of Burnelli history,
reflects the symbionic relationship between Boeing and the Smithsonian
Institution. It also serves to confirm my previous allegation
that the Smithsonian is a propaganda tool of the military-industrial
Your meandering, philosophical path is fraught with immoral
potholes. Such reasoning could well end in a cul-de-sac of intellectual
fraud and ethical improprieties. Example: Boeing never sought
nor received from Burnelli approval to use Burnelli patent, proprietary
and intellectual property rights of the Burnelli breakaway leading
edge in combination with high lift flaps. Example: Boeing refused
to honor Burnelli Lifting Body patent, proprietary and intellectual
property rights in the Boeing 754 project and, in fact, cancelled
the project when the Burnelli Company requested Boeing to be honorable.
Further Examples: Grumman did not honor Burnelli Lifting Body
rights in their F-14; McDonnell Douglas refused to honor Burnelli
Lifting Body rights which they misappropriated in their F-15;
Northrop/Boeing have not honored Burnelli Lifting Body rights
in their B-2; Lockheed/Boeing refused to honor Burnelli Lifting
Body rights in the F-22 project, etc...
"Convergent evolution" is totally irrelevant, since
Mr. Burnelli reduced the Lifting Body configuration to practice
in 1921, and his subsequent Lifting Body developments are all
a matter of record. It is also a matter of record that the military-industrial
complex prevented the Burnelli Company from building its superior
Lifting Body aircraft in free enterprise competition. The enclosed
copy of my letter to the Secretary of Defense, dated December
2, 1994, will enable you to place the Burnelli conspiracy into
Your use of the term "controversy" is incorrect.
The proper term is conspiracy. The enclosed BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL
AVIATION article of March 1985 by George C. Larson, presently
Editor of AIR & SPACE, acknowledges that Mr. Burnelli was
the first in the Lifting Body field. It was written before Mr.
Larson became contaminated by the Smithsonian political correctness.
It is my belief that Mr. Shrontz, as a Smithsonian Regent,
has every right and a duty to interfere with Smithsonian editors
when they misrepresent and falsify America's aeronautical heritage.
However, it is quite clear that Mr. ntz, who is also a key
person in the military-industrial complex, is faced with a serious
conflict of interest in the Burnelli matter. Therefore, I question
Mr. Shrontz's presence on the Smithsonian Board of Regents.
I do not think the traveling public gives a hoot about your
dolphin/fish story. It is, however, very concerned about the causes
of most air crash fatalities, i.e. uncrashworthy fuselages and
the irresponsible practice of hanging engines and landing gear
onto fuel tank supporting structure and installing fuel tanks
under passenger seats, in combination with excessively high take-off
and landing speeds on over-stressed tires.
Following your suggestion, by a copy of this letter, I am asking
Walter Boyne to give me an explanation as to why he did not include
Mr. Burnelli and his airplanes in the SMITHSONIAN BOOK OF FLIGHT.
With best wishes,
CHALMERS H. GOODLIN
Chairman & President