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The Burgess-Dunne—what was old is new again

6 November 2017

Burgess-Dunne aloft—Library of Congress image

JW Dunne designed the D.8 in 1912 as a 32° swept wing tailless biplane possessing high inherent stability. Dunne, from what became known as RAE Farnborough, could hardly have better credentials. Changing wing incidence as well as camber contributed to longitudinal stability—quite an advancement at the time. Burgess and Curtiss built the aircraft under license as a float plane, the Burgess-Dunne, as seen in these images.

Burgess-Dunne alit—Library of Congress image

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  1. 6 November 2017 16:06

    It has been the subject of RC models as well as hang gliders. There is a forum and someone embedded a photo gallery of examples.

    There are several photos of the bare balsa bones of the unfinished RC version.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      6 November 2017 21:31

      Fascinating 🙂 Thanks Chuck, great art interpretation. RC is an advanced field, isn’t it?

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