The Burnelli Web Site
Evidence of Suppression and Official denial is overwhelming 



In 1936, the Boeing technical chiefs, Ball, Minshall and Lauden, announced in Los Angeles:

"Fuselages of the present type would disappear and all equipment and load would be housed within the center section of the wing."

This is a precise description of the Burnelli configuration.

1951 Burnelli v. 1995 Boeing Megajet - what difference?

In 1937, Donald Douglas stated:

"When the need for a really large transport arrives, as it inevitably will, we shall build a flying wing."

At the same time, Lockheed's chief engineer stated:

"The next step is the vanishing of the fuselage itself. Sky travelers will ride in a giant wing with plenty of headroom, plenty of space to stroll."

Both of these men predicted that the flying wing transport would be a reality by 1947. Indeed, it could have been, and should have been, but craven politics intervened to stifle the natural evolution of Burnelli's advanced lifting body technology.

In 1939, General H. H. Arnold wrote to the Secretary of War:

"The [Burnelli] design embodies extremely good factors of safety considerably higher than the streamlined fuselage type." And: "In my opinion, it is essential, in the interest of the national defense, that this [Burnelli] procurement be authorized."

In 1943, Dr. Max Munk, the prestigious aerodynamicist, did an in-depth comparison of the Burnelli design with the conventional design for the Pentagon. On safety, he concluded:

"The superior performance of the Burnelli plane is not, in any way, obtained by sacrificing a low landing speed. On the contrary, the Burnelli plane has a lower wing loading and, in consequence, will land much slower than the conventional plane. It is doubtful whether the high landing speed of the conventional plane will make it suitable for commercial operation."

1940 Cunliffe-Owen Clyde Clipper (OA-1) built under license from Burnelli in England

In 1943, Colonel Harold Hartney wrote to General H. H. Arnold:

"Regarding safety, wing loading has been going up at such a dangerous rate of late that an effort of some kind must be made to stop it. With increasing wing loading, the impact in a crash - from greater speed - mounts up so rapidly that the chances of passengers surviving diminishes about as the square of the increased pounds per square foot loading, something most distressing which few seem to appreciate. I recommend that you direct a memorandum to the joint war production committee, suggesting that planes of the Burnelli type be put on the integrated program of requirements. In making these recommendations, I submit you will, by so doing, be making an attempt to secure safer airplanes and obtain less expensive airplanes."

In 1944, Mr. Burnelli received the 1944 Fawcett Honor Award for his "Major Contribution to the Scientific Advancement of Aviation".

In 1947, The National Fire Protection Association stated:

Comparing the Conventional v. the Burnelli Lifting Body

"Moving the landing gear inboard and strengthening the fuselage to absorb the shock of landing would eliminate applying stress to the fuel tank supporting structure. This revision of the commonplace has been accomplished in the Burnelli lifting wing design. Another feature of the Burnelli type aircraft is the shifting of the fuel tanks so they are not in direct line with the power plants and their exhaust outlets."

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