The following article is an amalgamation comprised of many that are separately published on various websites and is an attempt to describe the Burnelli story in a logical & chronological order www.mysteriesofcanada.com/Canada/Canada_Car/ccf_part_3_CBY3.htm
Vincent J Burnelli was born in Temple, Texas, on November 22,1895. In his early youth, Burnelli showed an interest in aviation.In 1915, Burnelli and a friend, John Carisi, were designing gliders in New York. By 1915 the two had designed and built their first powered open biplane. They tested the plane at Hempstead PlainsAirfield, which was later renamed Roosevelt Field cargo. World War I created a demand for aviation designers and Burnelli used theopportunity to establish himself in the aircraft industry. He worked atvarious times for the International, Continental, and Lawson aircraft companies as engineer, designer andsuperintendent. He designed the first aerial torpedo plane.As an aircraft designer Burnelli promoted a revolutionary design concept. He based his design on lift-bodytheory. The theory is simple. A convention airplane design (a tubular body with wings) is designed to carry people or cargo. The wings provide all the lift needed to carry the drag of the body. Lift-body design, on theother hand, created the body of the aircraft in the shape of a wing, thus providing lift from the body (get thename?) added to the lift from the wings.
Burnelli designed and built several aircraft throughout the
to prove this theory. He patented several devices; his aircraft provedsuperior to many contemporaries. Although well respected as a designer during this time, politics appears to have played a great part in the lack of funding for his later designs. The following is a composium of internetresearch concerning the man and his contributions towards aircraftdevelopment.www.eu.aircrash.org/burnelli
Burnelli's Lifting Fuselages
Aeroplane Monthly, March 1980 issue, starting at page 144
HOWARD LEVY and RICHARD RIDING describe the series of unusual lifting fuselage aeroplanes designed by Texan Vincent J. Burnelli.Many aircraft designers have pursued radical ideas throughout their aeronautical careers. Men such as Professor G. T. R. Hill Dr. Alexander Lippisch, Horten and Kallinin, who experimented with tailless aircraft, wereconvinced that such a configuration represented the ultimate in flying safety and controllability.Others believed that, for sheer aerodynamic efficiency, the flying wing was the only answer. They argued that, by leaving out everything but the wing, one could fly faster and further than conventional aircraft oncomparable power.One of the keenest supporters of this theory was Professor Hugo Junkers who, as early as 1909, envisaged largeflying wing aeroplanes capable of carrying hundreds of passengers over vast distances. In 1923 his ideas