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Burnelli GX-3
(1924)


 

Burnelli GX-3

The Burnelli GX-3, a lifting body with variable camber wing and four-wheel landing gear and what are now called "winglets" or end-plating of the wing-tips.

 

 

The Burnelli GX-3 reduced to practice a number of Burnelli's patented inventions.  Many of these are commonly used on commercial, military and general aviation aircraft of today. Burnelli GX-3

 

 

 

Burnelli GX-3

Burnelli U.S. Patent #1,917,428
issued July 11, 1933

"This sketch shows the variable camber and wing area mechanism within the wing of the Burnelli"

-- Aviation, Dec. 14, 1929.

 

 

Burnelli U.S. Patent #1,774,474
issued August 26, 1930
 
"The wingtip installation showing the aileron configuration tip plates."
 
-- Aviation, Dec. 14, 1929
Burnelli GX-3

 

 

Burnelli GX-3
"The four wheel landing gear and wheel fairings.  Note the spoon at the rear of the fairing."
-- Aviation, Dec. 14, 1929

 

 

La Guardia Airport, New York.  In this picture, even though it is hard to see, Jimmy Doolittle is the pilot. Burnelli GX-3

 

 

 
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