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Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster – Right Idea, Wrong Time

Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster – Right Idea, Wrong Time

Aviation’s evolutionary tree is littered with thousands of different approaches to taking man to the skies and above. Combinations of thrust and lift to achieve flight have and continue to be constantly under revision and research. The old adage that under the right conditions you can make a kitchen sink fly probably could be demonstrated, but to what end? It’s the efficiency of design operation that has always been the prize of aeronautics since its earliest days, but its achievement is the challenge. Enter the saga of one of America’s earliest and most innovative designers who, from the outset of his career, strove to find those ideal design efficiencies.
Virtually unknown today, Vincent Burnelli ranks as one of the most patented innovators from his first flying design at the age of 19 until his death in 1964. In 1908, as a scale model builder in New York, he acquired the basics of flight mechanics and soon ventured away from the Wright pusher concepts to tractor and tail controls as being more adaptable.
by Stan Piet
To read the article from the December 2012 issue of Flight Journal, click here.

Updated: September 19, 2017 — 10:21 AM
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  1. The article states that the only remaining CBY-3 “remains outside awaiting restoration,” but in fact has been undergoing restoration since 2014 at the New England Air Museum. You can follow the process at the Museum’s website neam.org.

  2. Thanks …much is owned to Burnelli …for the BWB
    We are working on a new BWB aircraft design …the JRC5019C
    the C47/DC3 of the 21st century
    and Flagship of the Beyond NextGEN …the NIFS

  3. The line that says the CBY-3 needs to be modified, it is undergoing restoration.

    June 2017 restoration link: https://www.neam.org/restoration-burnelli-2017-06.php

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