Aeroplane Monthly 1980-06
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R.Riding - Burnelli's Lifting Fuselages (4)
The full-size wooden mockup at Willesden during the winter of 1936-37.
Simplicity of Construction No. 1 THE BRITISH BURNELLI FUSELAGE IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD STRUCTURE AND COMPRISES:- Two flat side panels - large sheets forming upper and lower surfaces - four simple rectangular bulkheads. These four bulkheads, in addition to forming the fuselage structure, are employed as supporting structure for engines, wings, and landing gear. Such a combination into one simple structure of several functions is exclusive to the Burnelli and accounts for the speed of construction and consequent low production costs.
The full-size wooden mockup at Willesden during the winter of 1936-37. Note the painted Rolls-Royce Kestrels.
The OA-1 shortly after roll-out, in bare metal finish before painting. It made its first flight, from Eastleigh, on January 12, 1939.
Cunliffe-Owen O.A.1 (UK) Improved version of the Burnelli UB-14 airliner, built during 1937-38 and powered by two Bristol Perseus XIV engines. One operated by the French in Africa.
The Cunliffe-Owen OA-1 over Southampton shortly before the war.
The nacelles of the Bristol Perseus XIVC sleeve-valve engines are located at the front corners of the central wing portion or fuselage.
The OA-1 landing at Eastleigh on May 4, 1939. Note the under-fuselage flap.
The camouflaged OA-1, still in its civil marks, landing in French Equatorial Africa in June 1941.