Dr. G. de Meiss
I certainly do remember a certainly Technical Manager of Swissair
with whom I had many pleasant meetings during the period of time
from 1947 to 1952. At the beginning of that time I was based in
Brussels from 1947 to 1948. Then we moved to Geneva where we stayed
until 1950. From 1950 until 1956 I operated out of Seattle since
we had nothing to sell then until the advent of the 707.
In 1956 we reopened our office in Geneva and I resumed as European
Director until 1963 when I returned to Seattle and was assigned
Director of International Sales.
I will always remember those very early days; the small "Chalets"
at the Kloten Airport where Swissair Operations was then located,
The Aerotech Institute in Zurich, and, of course, my meetings
with you trying to sell the Stratocruiser! In retrospect, all
I can say is that we tried, and it was an enjoyable experience.
I have been retired from Boeing since 1982, after 41 years
A former fraternity brother of mine from Cornell University
first wrote to me regarding the Burnelli situation. He apparently
thought that since I was a Boeing aeronautical engineer, I would
know something about the B-754 project. Unfortunately, I was traveling
overseas almost continually during that time and knew very little
about the project-much less knowing anything about the dispute
over the Burnelli patents. In any event, our correspondence eventually
got to Chalmers Goodlin who has inundated me with everything I
could ever want to know about the Burnelli travail.
Boeing and Ford Motor Co. were studying the design of the B-754
together, and for reasons unknown to me, decided not to proceed
with the project.
I recently sent a clipping that I saw in Aviation Week to Pete
Gifford, which, in effect, vindicated the Burnelli design by virtue
of its present day look alikes such as the F-117, the B-2, and
the ill fated A-12 which has just been cancelled. He sent a copy
of the clipping to Chalmers Goodlin. One of these days the Burnelli
design will be recognized for its inherent merits and perhaps
be awarded some monetary recompensation as well. Let's hope so.
I am delighted to hear from you, and to see that you are still
active in our chosen field. If you ever get near Seattle, please
give me a ring so that we can arrange for a get together. Until
then, please accept my very best wishes.
With kindest regards,