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Todays 'new concept' was designed over 60 years ago

 

Burnelli RB-2
(1924)


 

Vincent Justus Burnelli standing in front of the RB-2, the world's largest air freighter at that time -- it was even used as a flying show-room carrying an Essex automobile of the time.
Burnelli RB-2

 

 

Burnelli RB-2

While the RB-1 and the RB-2 have a strong resemblance, the later model has many improvements over the earlier one.

 

 

Burnelli RB-2

 

 

 

Burnelli RB-2

 

 

 

 

The caption for this picture which was found in what appeared to be a publication of the time states:
"The RB-2, built by Burnelli in 1924, was called the world's first air freighter.  It carried a complete automobile inside, with a showroom arrangement, on a cross-country tour for a car [Essex] manufacturer."
Burnelli RB-2

 

 

Burnelli RB-2
Half of the space inside the RB-2 was used for the car, the other half was used as an office or reception.  No other aircraft of the time could accomplish this.

 

 

Burnelli RB-2

 

 

 

 

see pictures of Burnelli RB-2 model

 

Click here to view more pictures of the Burnelli RB-2 r/c model built by Alan Heim during 2000.

 

 

 

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