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Oct 10, 2013, 01:59 PM
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[Translated from Russian]

Passenger plane CBY-3 Loadmaster was designed by American aircraft designer Vincent Burnell at the end of the Second World War. After the war, Burnell has agreed to build a CBY-3 at the Canadian company Canadian Car & Foundry Co.

The aircraft was a further development of the model UB-14. Also like its predecessor, it used a lifting body plus wings, for lift. But the wing was not braced like UB-14. The passenger cabin was very large: 7.9 x 6.1 m Engines - two Pratt & Whitney R-1830 (1200 hp). Passenger capacity was up to 25 people.

Only one was built, which flew in August 1945 (pilot Chalmers H.Goodlin). In 1964, the CBY-3 became an exhibit of an Aviation Museum in Connecticut. During its use, the CBY-3 had registration numbers CFBEL, N17N, WXERC and again N17N.

Wing span, m 26.21
Length, m 17.37





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Oct 10, 2013, 03:51 PM
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I think that foto was taken at an air museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. I may have the same shot taken in the summertime.

I have this three view ...Thanks. I was considering entering a Burnelli in the multi engine contest going on up in the Micro and Indoor Forum ... but I have a bunch on my plate just now.

Interesting story about the Burnelli vs the DC-3 ... or Burnelli VS FDR here:

http://www.airspacemag.com/history-o...ntroversy.html
Oct 14, 2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by davidterrell80
[Translated from Russian]

Passenger plane CBY-3 Loadmaster was designed by American aircraft designer Vincent Burnell at the end of the Second World War. After the war, Burnell has agreed to build a CBY-3 at the Canadian company Canadian Car & Foundry Co.

The aircraft was a further development of the model UB-14. Also like its predecessor, it used a lifting body plus wings, for lift. But the wing was not braced like UB-14. The passenger cabin was very large: 7.9 x 6.1 m Engines - two Pratt & Whitney R-1830 (1200 hp). Passenger capacity was up to 25 people.
"Translated from Russian"

That would account for the mis-spelling of Burnelli's last name. I think this sort of thing happened to him often.

Must be all the vowels.
Mar 14, 2014, 09:38 AM
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Found a photo in Flight Magazine.

The manufacturer is listed as "Cancargo"

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchi...0-%200006.html
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Nov 05, 2014, 09:21 AM
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Update to the CBY-3 restoration, a link to the interior view in 360 Panorama:

http://www.360cities.net/image/burne...50,-20.90,70.0

Plus there is the exterior view in 360 of the wing removal...poke around and you'll see it.

I got the heads up from thepope1...so credit goes to him!

Enjoy!
rc

PS...your title heading should read: Burnelli...not Bernelli.
Last edited by rc capo; Nov 05, 2014 at 09:23 AM. Reason: Typo corrections heads up
Dec 11, 2015, 09:16 PM
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Posting another update on the CBY-3 restoration.

I got to visit the New England Air Museum on my birthday in September. Met Harry Newman, team leader, and the rest of the team. They're almost into their 3rd year on this project. Harry says there's much more work to do and it may take 5 more years to complete.

To imagine its size, I stood next to a CBY-3 wing propped up in a jig next to a DC-3 wing. They seemed very close in size. Stepping into the body, you really get the feel of the internal space and what it could carry.

Check out their last site update from June... https://www.neam.org/index.php?optio...rticle&id=1487 It will look great when it's done.

Here's some amazing, stylized photos from the workshop floor. Pretty awesome!
http://www.dv-photography.com/Photo-...eous/i-hnfFR7N

I'm workin' on it.

Enjoy, Larry
Dec 11, 2015, 10:45 PM
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Thanks, Larry! I am enjoying it! I'm most grateful for the chance to vicariously go with you.
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Dec 13, 2015, 11:26 AM
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Many thanks! When I lived in NJ, I lived just a block or two away from the old Aeromarine Plant where Burnelli kept a shop. I learned to drive on the abandoned roads and runways that were there.

I made a number of trips up to Windsor Locks just to visit with that CBY-3 (and also their XF4U-4 Corsair) when it was stored, rotting away, outside up there. It is Soooo good to see the progress they are making.

thanks again.

T
Dec 13, 2015, 11:34 AM
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I don't know how I missed this. Pro forma:

From wikipedia:

The CBY-3 "lifting fuselage" was an evolution of the earlier Burnelli UB-14. Burnelli worked as a designer at Canadian Car and Foundry (CanCar) in Montreal, and the CBY-3 was intended for bush operations in northern Canada. The sole prototype was extensively tested but failed to gain a production contract.

Burnelli had a lifelong career devoted to exploiting the advantages of the lifting body airfoil concept that characterized many of his earlier aircraft designs. His last design, the CBY-3 was manufactured by CanCar in Montreal, but ownership reverted to Burnelli, when the CBY-3 was unable to gain a production contract. The name of the aircraft, CBY-3, was derived from the name of the three partners involved in its creation: CanCar, Burnelli and Lowell Yerex and “3” from the number of partners involved. Lowell Yerex was a New Zealander who had formed TACA – Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos (Central American Air Transport) in Honduras in 1931, and joined the project when Burnelli convinced him that the CBY-3 could be used as both a cargo and passenger aircraft.

Originally registered CF-BEL-X while still in the experimental stage, this one-off, twin-boom, aerofoil-section fuselage, high-lift airliner garnered significant interest from the industry. CF-BEL-X underwent rigorous testing and proving flights designed to show off its potential. Despite a trouble-free test program and glowing accolades from the press and industry observers, no production orders resulted and the prototype was later sold in the United States as N17N.

Moving to Southampton, New York, Burnelli continued to promote his airfoil-shaped fuselage transport aircraft. In 1955, he adapted the CBY-3 to carry an expedition of 20 passengers and 41 sled dogs, along with their equipment, to the North Pole, but the enterprise was canceled.

The Loadmaster continued to fly regularly as a commercial airliner both in northern Canada and South America; acquired with design rights by Airlifts Inc. in Miami, Florida, it went to Venezuela, and returned to Burnelli Avionics for refitting with Wright R-2600 engines, finally ended its flying days at Baltimore's airport in Maryland.

In 1964(!!!) the CBY-3 air transport was retired to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where it is displayed outside. The museum has begun restoration of the aircraft.

General characteristics

Crew: two, pilot & co-pilot
Capacity: 24 passengers
Length: 53 feet, 11 inches (16.4 m)
Wingspan: 85 feet, 5.5 inches (26 m)
Height: 20 feet, 8 inches (6.3 m)
Wing area: 1,106.9 sq ft (102.83 m²)
Empty weight: 16,900 lb (7,675 kg)
Loaded weight: 27,000 lb (12,272 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Twin-Wasp R-1830 radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 237 mph (382 km/h)
Cruise speed: 170 mph (275 km/h)
Range: 1,025 mi (1,650 km)
Service ceiling: 24,000 ft (7,300 m)
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Dec 14, 2015, 10:57 AM
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Good going, Larry !
Feb 05, 2016, 09:35 AM
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great aircraft designer and aircraft lots here http://www.aircrash.org/burnelli/n23c.htm
http://www.aircrash.org/burnelli/tunnel_i.htm http://www.aircrash.org/burnelli/sitemap.htm
http://www.warbirdsnews.com/aviation...oadmaster.html its got new paint and the tails are back on. http://www.warbirdsnews.com/aviation...on-update.html


throwback Burnelli link https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=696180

One Cunliffe Burnelli was used by the the Free French in French resistance operations I think it may have even carried de Gaulle............. it was painted in night camouflage dark blue.
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Feb 05, 2016, 11:36 AM
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One Cunliffe Burnelli was used by the the Free French in French resistance operations I think it may have even carried de Gaulle............. it was painted in night camouflage dark blue.
I've not seen one in night camo, but a search of the internet shows one wearing the Cross of Lorraine and the French tricolour.

I have found a paper model of a UB-14, and am building it as a static paper model with an eye toward possibly coming up with a foam and tissue r/c version of the CBY-3.

I may finish it in the colors that the NEAM have chosen ... but I am sorely temped to do one up in fantasy OD with white and black invasion stripes. Just to tweak FDR's nose.

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Feb 05, 2016, 03:33 PM
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I think if my memories right it was on a plastic model kit built into a very effective diorama .

other builds https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1570366
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/twin...ml#post3751452
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Mar 09, 2016, 09:00 PM
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Here's the latest update from NEAM. Good news, bad news. Bad news. Wings are in rough shape from weather and transportation damage when delivered to the museum and will need extensive repair. Good news. Fuel tank inside is in great condition and won't need replacing.

Check out the NEAM update. https://www.neam.org/index.php?optio...rticle&id=1531
Mar 22, 2016, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by the1pope
Here's the latest update from NEAM. Good news, bad news. Bad news. Wings are in rough shape from weather and transportation damage when delivered to the museum and will need extensive repair. Good news. Fuel tank inside is in great condition and won't need replacing.

Check out the NEAM update. https://www.neam.org/index.php?optio...rticle&id=1531
Curious about the fuel tanks...if the CBY-3 is being restored for static display, who cares if the fuel tanks are in good shape or not?
It's not like anyone is going to see them.

Shows you how much I know about the Aircraft Resto Game.

Nice work Larry, thanks for the update!

Ralph
Last edited by rc capo; Mar 22, 2016 at 10:12 PM. Reason: just a thought...


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