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January 15, 2001


How NASA, Universities and Industry waste our lives and our money 


Attaching landing-gear and engines to fuel-tank supporting structure in combination with high-speed take-offs and landing is nothing but a receipe for a fiery crash -- and a product of the dark-ages of technology.


We were very surprised to receive the following email on Feb. 24, 1999:


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Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 13:34:46 -0500
From: Richard Wood <>
Subject: Interested Researcher

To whom it may concern:

By accident I stumbled onto your web site and was surprised or perhaps should say amazed at what I found. As a senior aerodynamicist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia I was totally taken by surprise by the contributions of Mr. Burnelli. I had thought that I was aware of those that have made significant contributions to the aeronautics, but it is clear that I was mistaken. I was completely unaware of the contributions of Mr. Burnelli and through some limited conversations with other senior research engineers at this Center it has become clear that I am not alone. It is amazing to both myself and my co-workers that we could be unaware of such contributions. It causes us great concern that our lack of knowledge of Mr. Burnelli's work could have contributed to many re-creation activities within the Industry and the waste of large amounts of tax dollars.

As a result of your web site I have begun an exhaustive search of the archives within NASA to uncover the technical history of Mr. Burnelli and his influence on aeronautical history. At this time I will plan to present my findings in one of the future AIAA conferences, perhaps the 2000 AIAA Reno conference. In support of this objective I would greatly appreciate any assistance and technical information that can provide.

I will look forward to your response.


Rick Wood

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We didn't broadcast Mr. Wood's email earlier, because we wanted to give him the opportunity to engage in research unhampered.  Now, however, nearly twenty-four months have passed without any results. At this late date, even though he was provided with a large packet of information by the Burnelli Company, per his request, it appears obvious that he has been prevented from carrying out his investigation and his duty to the American people.

How is it possible that a senior aerodynamicist at NASA in February 1999 was not aware of Vincent Burnelli and his superior lifting body principle of design? Surely, Mr. Wood and his colleagues graduated from distinguished Universities in order to hold high positions at NASA, but they clearly were never taught about Burnelli or his principle of design. Their lack of knowledge on this subject is particularly shocking, since all the wind-tunnel tests [752K PDF] conducted both by New York University and by NACA during the 1930s and 1940s on Burnelli aircraft are in the NASA archives at Langley Field (where Mr. Wood works).

Last fall, we sent out an email entitled SKEPTIC which was sent in six parts. The SKEPTIC email series dealt with a Boeing engineer. It was evident from his statements that he, too, had never learned of Burnelli in school or at Boeing (despite the fact that Boeing was then deeply involved with Burnelli's 1940s technology in the much touted Boeing/NASA BWB [Blended Wing Body]).

Government / NASA, industry and universities are the reason we're still flying in the dark ages. It is an outrage that people, such as Mr. Wood and the Boeing engineer, were not only maleducated but, as in Mr. Wood's case, prevented from carrying out his research and advising the public of his findings, resulting in "many re-creation activities within the Industry and the waste of large amounts of tax dollars," as Mr. Wood stated in his email of February 24, 1999.

This clearly shows that government, industry, and, incredibly, universities have all worked simultaneously since 1941 to prevent the timely evolution of safer, more efficient aircraft at an unacceptable cost to taxpayers and the flying public, both in lives and in money.