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Vincent Justus Burnelli

Burnelli, Vincent Justus

 

Born: November 22, 1895, Temple Texas

Died: June 21, 1964, Long Island, New York


Education:
St. Peters College, New Jersey

Career:

  • Designer A.B.C. Exhibition Co, New York City, 1914
  • Assistant Technical Editor of Aircraft Magazine 1915-1916
  • Chief Designer, International Aircraft Co., Washington, D.C., 1916
  • Chief Engineer and superintendent, Continental Aircraft Co., Amityville, L.I. New York, 1917
  • Chief Engineer & Factory Superintendent, Lawson Aircraft Co., Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1918
  • Chief Engineer, Superintendent, Nebraska Aircraft Co., Lincoln, Nebraska, 1920
  • Organized Remington-Burnelli Co., 1921
  • Vice President, Chapman-Burnelli, 1926
  • Vice President and General Manager, Uppercu-Burnelli Aircraft Corp., 1929
  • Vice President, General Manager, Burnelli Aircraft Corp., 1935
  • Consultant, Cunliffe Owen Aircraft Corp., England, 1938
  • Consulting Engineer, Higgins Aircraft Corp., New Orleans, 1940
  • Consulting Engineer, Canadian Car & Foundry, Montreal, 1941
  • President, Central Aircraft Corporation, 1940
  • Chairman, The Burnelli Company, 1961
Inventions:
  • 92 U.S. & foreign patents, including:
    • Conceived of and reduced to practice:
      • the lifting body principle of design, (1921 RB-1)
      • the breakaway leading edge in combination with high-lift flaps (1929 GX-3)
      • the end-plating of the wing-tips (now called winglets) (1929 GX-3)
    • built first multi-engine aircraft with retractable landing gear (1927 CB-16)
    • reduced to practice the use of flat metal stressed-skin construction in the first American aircraft so designed (1930 UB-20)

Awards:

  • 1944 Fawcett Honor Award for his "Major Contribution to the Scientific Advancement of Aviation"

Memberships:

  • Early Birds
  • Quiet Birdmen
  • Associate Fellow, Institute of Aeronautical Science
  • National Aviation Association
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Engineers (NYC)
  • Royal Aero Society (London, England)

Articles:

  • Misc. Articles to technical magazines.

Pilot record:

  • Glider Pilot, Staten Island, New York, 1915
  • Powered Aircraft Pilot, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1919

Military record:

  • Lt. (jg) Volunteer Naval Reserve, 1916

 

Sources:

  • Who's Who in World Aviation, 1957
  • Who's Who in Aviation 1942-1943
  • The Burnelli Company, Inc.

 

 

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