The Burnelli Web Site
Evidence of Suppression and Official denial is overwhelming



December 9, 1996.

Mr. Daniel S. Goldin
300 'E' Street, S.W.

Dear Mr. Goldin,

The NASA letter of October 28 (copy attached), signed by Richard S. Christiansen, is not a response to any of our letters. In particular, in our letter of October 11, 1996, we presented facts and not opinions, as your Mr. Christiansen seems to erroneously think.

You and your colleagues swore an oath to uphold the Constitution for the United States of America. According to the preamble of the aforementioned Constitution, you are bound to "promote the general welfare". This is further detailed under Title 42 of the United States Code, Section 2451, with respect to NASA, entitled "Congressional declaration of policy and purpose" and particularly under subsection (d), to wit:

    (d) The aeronautical and space activities of the United States shall be conducted so as to contribute materially to one or more of the following objectives:

      (2)The improvement of the usefulness, performance, speed, safety and efficiency of aeronautical and space vehicles [emphasis added];

      (5)The preservation of the role of the United States as a leader in aeronautical and space science and technology and in the application thereof to the conduct of peaceful activities within and outside the atmosphere [emphasis added].

    (h) Purpose of Chapter. It is the purpose of this chapter to carry out and effectuate the policies declared in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) of this section [see copy of the text attached].

You cannot fulfill these obligations if you are unwilling to acknowledge facts. You have repudiated your obligations, and you are attempting to hide this by further denying facts.

The recent Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crash is but the latest glaring example of NASA's decades old failure to adhere to the mandates of the Constitution and of 42 USC 2451. In 1935, the spectacular crash of the Burnelli UB-14, in which the fuselage remained intact, no fire ensued, and the crew walked away unscathed, demonstrated to the world that the Burnelli configuration provided unique crashworthiness and eliminated the common irresponsible practice of hanging engines and landing gear onto fuel tank supporting structure in combination with excessively high take-off and landing speeds on overstressed tires. Despite raves from numerous outstanding professionals, like Dr. Max Munk and Col. Harold Hartney (1942), and organizations, like the National Fire Protection Association (1947) and the Airline Pilots Association (1961), NASA continued to condone the inherent vices in successive models of the dangerous streamlined fuselage configurations. The consequences of NASA's discrimination against the Burnelli Company and its lifting body technology can be measured by the thousands of unnecessary deaths to air travelers since 1935, and the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars wasted on the greatly inferior conventional designs which continue to plague the traveling public.

Mr. Jean Roche, whose credentials cannot be questioned, wrote the undersigned in 1965:

    "Burnelli was first to recognize and apply the above [lifting body] principles, and everybody is now sorry they did not think of them first." (see copy of letter attached)

In our October 11, 1996, letter to you, we told you flatly that the NASA claim that their Dr. Eggers "conceived the idea" of the lifting body principle is a lie. Mr. Burnelli not only conceived the idea of the lifting body principle in 1920, but he reduced it to practice with his first lifting body airplane in 1921 and by subsequently building a total of nine flying airplanes based on this principle before 1946.

In NASA's previous correspondence and in Mr. Christiansen's latest letter, we have received nothing but obfuscation and denial of the truth. The factual evidence in our letters remains inviolate, and the letters require answers. Further, failure to correct the misinformation that Dr. Eggers "conceived the idea" of the lifting body principle in the NASA internet FactSheet will make it abundantly clear that you are compounding the fraud in an effort to cover up your negligence regarding the Constitution and Congressional mandates leading to what can only be described as a crime against humanity.

May we now, finally, have proper answers to our letters of October 7 and October 11, 1996, with an official retraction of the misinformation issued in the NASA FactSheet on Internet?

        Yours sincerely,


        Chairman & President

cc: List

Correspondence is listed in Chronological order
March 29, 1995 to present day (1 - 33)
(All correspondence since March 29, 1995 is present)

1. Mar 29, 1995 Burnelli letter to NASA 2. May 5, 1995-NASA response 3. Aug. 10, 1995-Burnelli letter to NASA General Counsel
4. Aug. 31, 1995-NASA response 5. Sept. 6, 1995-Burnelli responds to NASA Sr. Patent Atty 6. Sep. 20, 1995-Burnelli to NASA re: lifting body research project
7. Sept. 21, 1995-NASA says "the patent expired" 8. Sep. 27, 1995-Burnelli to NASA Counsel, "..when criminal conspiracy is involved.." 9. Oct. 3, 1995-NASA Gnl Counsel, "..I am not your attorney.."
10. Oct 3, 1995-Burnelli to NASA, "..outrageous bureaucratic tyranny.." 11. Oct 6, 1995-BURNELLI submits reports and tests to NASA 12. Nov. 2, 1995, Burnelli, "..may I have a response.."
13. June 27, 1996 Burnelli claims NASA is refusing to acknowledge 14. July 3, 1996 - NASA: "We will not consider taking licence".. 15. July 9, 1996 Burnelli, presents Lockheed correspondence
16. Aug 12, 1996 Burnelli presents Flight magazine article 17. Aug 27, 1996 - NASA Gen'l Counsel requests past correspondence-lost 18. Sept 3, 1996 Burnelli, " ..appeal to you, correct a grave injustice.."
19. Sept 6, 1996 NASA: "..we have no record of your letter.." 20. Sept 24, 1996 - Burnelli: "..all aircraft mfr's recognized Burnelli importance in mid-30's" 21. Sept 25, 1996 NASA: "..Burnelli did not submit a proposal.."
22. Oct 7, 1996 Burnelli: "..NASA, you have deferred our correspondence.." 23. Oct 11, 1996 - Burnelli: "..internet NASA FACT is a lie.." 24. Oct 28, 1996 NASA: "..we will continue to disagree.."
25. Dec 9, 1996 Burnelli: "..NASA, you have repudiated your obligations.." 26. Jun 10, 1965 - Jean A. Roche', Head Aeronautician Engr./Tech. Advisor, US Army Air Forces 27. Jan 13, 1997 BURNELLI: "..we have not received answers to our letters.."
28. Jan 29, 1997 BURNELLI: .."we request that NASA provide no further funding to BWB project.." 29. Feb 10, 1997 BURNELLI: ..Smithsonian article quote:.."the first to touch on the concept was Vincent Burnelli.. " 30. Feb 20, 1997 - NASA: .."considers this matter closed.."
31. Sep. 4, 1995 AVIATION DAILY article .."McDonnell eyes blended wing body research.." 32. Feb 5, 1986 MIAMI HERALD: " NASA behind the times" 33. CARISI Report

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