In this last part of the series, Mr. Goodlin addresses in
particular the issue of the conspiracy. The Skeptical Boeing
Engineer stated that the thought of a conspiracy was
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---- From: Chalmers H. Goodlin
Probably the most glowing Wright-Field report on an
airplane design by U.S. Army Air Corps - U.S.A.F. was
reflected in General Arnold's September 19, 1939 letter to
Secretary of War.
----start of General Arnold's
letter to Secretary of War Woodring---
September 19, 1939
The basic principle of the lifting fuselage as developed by
V. J. Burnelli since 1919 is now in such an advanced stage
that it is extremely important for the Air Corps to experiment
further with it with a view to reducing it to military
From studies of the research made by the Burnelli Co., the
NACA and the Air Corps the military adaptability of the basic
design has the following advantage over the orthodox
streamlined deadweight fuselage.
- The coefficient of drag is the lowest known for any
useful airplane today.
- The coefficient of lift is greater.
- The lifting fuselage has distinct advantages for the
installation of power plants, bombs, armament and all other
accessories over the streamlined fuselage.
- From wind tunnel tests already conducted by the NACA and
NYU the performance is exceptionally' good in every phase.
- The design embodies extremely good factors of
safety--considerably higher than the streamlined fuselage
- The design is simple of construction and in the opinion
of the Air Corps lends itself to high speed production better
than any design and therefore the valuable time element
involved in all production contracts can be taken advantage of
to its fullest extent.
- It is apparently a cheaper
airplane to build because of the time element referred to
in 6 above.
It is to be remembered that Mr. Burnelli was the first to
reduce to practice the use of smooth skin surface on airplanes
in cooperation with the Material Division under Maj. Carl
We understand that the present company has no affiliation
with the British Company manufacturing under the Burnelli
patents. We are informed by the company that the British have
built one commercial article under the designs of a ship built
by Mr. Burnelli in 1929, and that this design only resembles
the designs submitted to the Air Corps in basic principles. We
also understand that this airplane was tested at Farnsborough
by the RFC with excellent results, substantiated by a cable
from the British manufacturer, a copy of which we have.
We have also seen articles in various
British technical magazines that are extremely flattering to
the basic design involved and the report of the test pilot,
Mr. Clyde Pangborn, would indicate that the design
embodies extremely good flying qualities under all conditions
of a very severe flight test required by the RFC.
It is, therefore, the opinion of the Air Corps that this
project should be carried through to its fullest experimental
possibilities and probably to the ultimate conclusion for the
purchase of a prototype.
I am informed by the Burnelli Company that in an effort to
cooperate with the Air Corps they have proceeded with the
required work and at this moment it is seventy percent
In my opinion it is essential, in the interest of the
national defense, that this procurement be authorized.
----end of General Arnold's letter to Secretary of War
Instead of Burnelli planes being promptly ordered as
requested by General Arnold, a Proceedings of a Board of
Review was convened which entirely reversed the Burnelli
qualities stated in the Arnold letter. You'll recall in my
email of yesterday that this report claimed the Burnelli
lifting fuselage was not sufficiently novel, was not in
keeping with the best aeronautical practice and that the
principal aerodynamic benefits claimed by Burnelli had been
achieved on the conventional streamlined fuselage. In addition
to this, the report concluded with:
"The Committee recommends that the Air
Corps inform both the Central Aircraft Corporation and V.J.
Burnelli Airplanes, Inc., and any other concern which may
later possible become interested in the Burnelli 'lifting
fuselage', that this design is of no interest to the Air
Corps and that for this reason, no further correspondence,
consultations, or reviewing of data embodying this design
will ever again be considered by
the Air Corps or the Materiel Division."
Why "ever again"? They are saying
they'll never do business with Burnelli or anyone who
associates with Burnelli. However, they have since given
contracts to Burnelli competitors to build aircraft which are
strikingly similar to the one's Burnelli offered the Pentagon
in the 1940s and 1950s such as the F-14, F-15, the B-2 and the
The Department of Defense disseminated
these technical falsifications throughout the aviation and
banking world so as to prevent the Burnelli Company from
acquiring capital to build its superior aircraft. To this
date, the Department of Defense has upheld these technical
falsifications and has refused to retract them despite repeated requests from the Burnelli Company.
While upholding this fraudulent 1941 report, the Pentagon and
NASA were ordering planes embracing Burnelli technology such
as the F-14, F-15, F-22, F-117, B-2, X-33, and BWB from Burnelli competitors.
This arrogant behavior by the DOD,
NASA, FAA, NTSB and industry only fits the word conspiracy and it is not far-fetched to
call it fascism (fascism being defined as a partnership
between government and big business to control the private
assets of the people through various regulatory and other
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[see also the role of universities]