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September / October, 2000


Response to an Engineer (Boeing)

Email series from Mr. C.H. Goodlin

Part 6 of 6


In this last part of the series, Mr. Goodlin addresses in particular the issue of the conspiracy. The Skeptical Boeing Engineer stated that the thought of a conspiracy was preposterous.



---- Begin Original Message
---- From: Chalmers H. Goodlin




Probably the most glowing Wright-Field report on an airplane design by U.S. Army Air Corps - U.S.A.F. was reflected in General Arnold's September 19, 1939 letter to Secretary of War.

----start of General Arnold's letter to Secretary of War Woodring---

September 19, 1939

The basic principle of the lifting fuselage as developed by V. J. Burnelli since 1919 is now in such an advanced stage that it is extremely important for the Air Corps to experiment further with it with a view to reducing it to military practice.

From studies of the research made by the Burnelli Co., the NACA and the Air Corps the military adaptability of the basic design has the following advantage over the orthodox streamlined deadweight fuselage.

  1. The coefficient of drag is the lowest known for any useful airplane today.
  2. The coefficient of lift is greater.
  3. The lifting fuselage has distinct advantages for the installation of power plants, bombs, armament and all other accessories over the streamlined fuselage.
  4. From wind tunnel tests already conducted by the NACA and NYU the performance is exceptionally' good in every phase.
  5. The design embodies extremely good factors of safety--considerably higher than the streamlined fuselage type.
  6. The design is simple of construction and in the opinion of the Air Corps lends itself to high speed production better than any design and therefore the valuable time element involved in all production contracts can be taken advantage of to its fullest extent.
  7. It is apparently a cheaper airplane to build because of the time element referred to in 6 above.

It is to be remembered that Mr. Burnelli was the first to reduce to practice the use of smooth skin surface on airplanes in cooperation with the Material Division under Maj. Carl Green's supervision.

We understand that the present company has no affiliation with the British Company manufacturing under the Burnelli patents. We are informed by the company that the British have built one commercial article under the designs of a ship built by Mr. Burnelli in 1929, and that this design only resembles the designs submitted to the Air Corps in basic principles. We also understand that this airplane was tested at Farnsborough by the RFC with excellent results, substantiated by a cable from the British manufacturer, a copy of which we have.

We have also seen articles in various British technical magazines that are extremely flattering to the basic design involved and the report of the test pilot, Mr. Clyde Pangborn, would indicate that the design embodies extremely good flying qualities under all conditions of a very severe flight test required by the RFC.

It is, therefore, the opinion of the Air Corps that this project should be carried through to its fullest experimental possibilities and probably to the ultimate conclusion for the purchase of a prototype.

I am informed by the Burnelli Company that in an effort to cooperate with the Air Corps they have proceeded with the required work and at this moment it is seventy percent completed.

In my opinion it is essential, in the interest of the national defense, that this procurement be authorized.

----end of General Arnold's letter to Secretary of War Woodring---

Instead of Burnelli planes being promptly ordered as requested by General Arnold, a Proceedings of a Board of Review was convened which entirely reversed the Burnelli qualities stated in the Arnold letter. You'll recall in my email of yesterday that this report claimed the Burnelli lifting fuselage was not sufficiently novel, was not in keeping with the best aeronautical practice and that the principal aerodynamic benefits claimed by Burnelli had been achieved on the conventional streamlined fuselage. In addition to this, the report concluded with:

"The Committee recommends that the Air Corps inform both the Central Aircraft Corporation and V.J. Burnelli Airplanes, Inc., and any other concern which may later possible become interested in the Burnelli 'lifting fuselage', that this design is of no interest to the Air Corps and that for this reason, no further correspondence, consultations, or reviewing of data embodying this design will ever again be considered by the Air Corps or the Materiel Division."

[emphasis added]

The plane of the future

Why "ever again"? They are saying they'll never do business with Burnelli or anyone who associates with Burnelli. However, they have since given contracts to Burnelli competitors to build aircraft which are strikingly similar to the one's Burnelli offered the Pentagon in the 1940s and 1950s such as the F-14, F-15, the B-2 and the BWB.

The Department of Defense disseminated these technical falsifications throughout the aviation and banking world so as to prevent the Burnelli Company from acquiring capital to build its superior aircraft. To this date, the Department of Defense has upheld these technical falsifications and has refused to retract them despite repeated requests from the Burnelli Company. While upholding this fraudulent 1941 report, the Pentagon and NASA were ordering planes embracing Burnelli technology such as the F-14, F-15, F-22, F-117, B-2, X-33, and BWB from Burnelli competitors.

This arrogant behavior by the DOD, NASA, FAA, NTSB and industry only fits the word conspiracy and it is not far-fetched to call it fascism (fascism being defined as a partnership between government and big business to control the private assets of the people through various regulatory and other means.)

----end of message----


[see also the role of universities]