Monday, November 24, 2014

Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster

Untitled 27 A hard to find picture of the Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster built in Canada in 1944 by Canadian Car and Foundry. Designed by American engineer Vincent Burnelli. This photo shows the CBY-3 after the experimental “X” designator was removed. Photo credit: Zdenek Cizinsky

More info may be found at Ed Coates collection

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Burnelli Support said...

Yes, very hard to find Ron. Thank you for posting it. I've been promoting and working on Burnelli designs since I stumbled upon them in 2006. The CBY-3 is now being restored at the New England Air Museum. Great 360 photos inside and out here... or just Google Burnelli 360.

Aviation Archives said...

Great 360 photo. Glad to see the restoration. I will be posting three new photos tomorrow that you might be interested in seeing.

AirAusquin said...

As an aeronautical engineer myself, and Venezuelan civil aviation historian, I have been researching this model for quite a while, with the intention of writing an article in spanish about the type, and its short history at Ransa. History goes that during a test, the load (water drums) got loose and moved around the cargo are, barely allowing the pilots to land. Pilots refused to fly the plane again, but in my opinion, the fact that they landed "safely" speaks well of the capabilities of the plane. Here are other comments from one of my tutors, Alfredo Schael, director of the Venezuelan Transportation Museum in Caracas, about the CBY-3:

Anonymous said...

I work in restoration at the New England Air Museum. We are currently restoring the Burnelli CBY-3 for static display. We recently discovered evidence that the aircraft suffered a gear up "belly" landing. Photo evidence suggests that this occured when the aircraft was in Venezuela. It is possible the aircraft was temp repaired to ferry the aircraft to Baltimore where early efforts were made to make the aircraft airworthy again. The aircraft was ultimately abandoned. We can find no record of this damage. If anyone can help recover this history please contact Thanks,Tom Plashaw, NEAM

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