Government Blocks Safe, Fuel-Efficient Aircraft
Coverup: Safe, More Fuel Efficient Planes Barred From Production for Political Purposes

By KT, Executive Editor
Less than 50 years ago, a plane was built which was more fuel efficient and which could withstand a crash without bursting into flames. The aircraft design was so revolutionary that it posed a threat to the very existence of aircraft manufacturers. Who has kept the news of this safe airplane out of mainstream media? More importantly, who has prevented it from being built?

In 1996, I met a man who is a relative of the designer of the Burnelli airplane. He told me about the suppression of the design and the laws put into place to prevent manufacture of the plane.Then, on November 27, 1998, while flying from Las Vegas, NV to California, I had occasion to speak with an airline and airport auditor for the FAA (verified by the coil-retractable badge she wore on her lapel). She said she had been working for the FAA for over 15 years.

As we spoke, she told me of some of her experiences as an FAA auditor; like the time a mechanic left his wrenches in the engine of a plane and nearly failed to get the pilot to abort take-off because the pilot didnít want to get off schedule. The pilot, fortunately, did come to his senses and stopped on the runway. After talking for some time, I asked her what the FAAís internal position was on TWA flight 800. She could not comment, but said the investigation was still open.

Being familiar with the Burnelli Web site (, I thought it a great opportunity to ask her if she knew about the aircraft. So, after about an hour of conversation, I described the site and asked if she would mind taking a look at it and commenting on it. She read the card and said she would give it to one of her "rogue" co-workers. I then asked her if she had ever heard about the Burnelli aircraft. She said, "Oh yes." She then got up and went to the restroom.

When she returned, I asked her what she had heard about the Burnelli. She replied, "I canít talk about it." I said, "Thatís interesting. It seems nobody wants to talk about it, yet itís such a far superior and safer plane." She said, "Itíll probably never happen." I said, "From what I understand, itís political, not technical." She nodded her head and said, "Definitely. Iíll pass this on to somebody whoíll talk to you." I thanked her and she changed the topic of conversation.

As we parted ways, I asked her if she had a card or a way for me to follow up with her. She said she had no cards on her but asked if I could be reached through the Web site. I said yes and we said our good-byes. I never heard from her, and was not able to find a phone number for her in the federal directories.

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