Lifting Body- Food for Thought, or Indigestion?

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Jul 9, 2014
Valparaiso, Indiana
One aspect of the Sonex is its "ugly" fuselage shape, which incorporates a lifting body design. The shape of the fuselage is an airfoil that contributes lift. "What if" the Sonerai cowl and turtle were streamlined into more of a lifting body shape. Would that just be too ugly? Vincent Burnelli designed a cargo/passenger plane that first flew in 1944 and was retired from passenger service in 1964. It's performance was similar to the DC-3 but could carry 2,000# more and had a TO distance of 650 ft. But, it was ugly. The Bellanca Cruiseair also incorporates some lifting body design.
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Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster
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