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Bellanca Achievements*

1922-Bellanca CF won thirteen first place prizes in national and international contests.

1923-Bellanca CF won the Efficiency Contest, National Air Races, St. Louis.  This Airplane is restored and on display at the Paul E. Garber National Air & Space Facility, Silver Hill, Maryland.

1925-Bellanca WBI won the Efficiency Contest, National Air Races, New York.

1926-Bellanca WBII won ALL the Efficiency Contests, National Air Races, Philadelphia.

1927-Bellanca WBII Columbia established a new World Endurance Record, 51 hours 30 minutes.

1927-Bellanca WBII Columbia, piloted by Chamberlin & Levine, established a new World Distance Record-New York to Eisleben, Germany, 3911 miles.

1928-Bellanca CH-200 won both Efficiency Contests, National Air Races, Los Angeles.

1928-Bellanca J Pathfinder named Reliance, Piloted by Royal V. Thomas, established a new Solo World Endurance Record, 35 hours 25 minutes.

1928-Bellanca J Pathfinder named Rosemarie set new World Endurance Record, 59 hours 7 minutes. Piloted by Edward Schlee and William Brock.

1929-Bellance CH-300. First nonstop flight New York to Cuba in 12 hours 56 minutes. George Haldeman, pilot.

1929-Bellanca J Pathfinder named North Star flew from Maine to Spain, 3400 miles in 30 ours 30 minutes.  Piloted by Roger Williams and Lewis Yancy.

1929-Bellanca J Green Flash set new Solo Endurance Record of 35 hours 33 minutes.  Piloted by Martin Jensen.

1929-Bellanca CH-300 set Solo Endurance Record for women, 26 hours 23 minutes.  Piloted by Elinor Smith.

1929-Bellanca CH won five 1sts, three 2nds, two 3rds, and two 4ths at National Air Races.

1929-Bellanca CH won Cleveland to Buffalo Efficiency Race.

1929-Bellanca CH won the Aviation Town & Country Club Efficiency Contest, New York.

1929-Bellanca CH won the Detroit News Efficiency Contest, Cleveland.

1929-Bellanca CH won 1st and 2nd place, Ford Reliability Tour.

1930-Bellanca CH Pacemaker established new World Altitude Record of 30,418 feet.  George Haldeman, Pilot.

1930-Bellanca WBII Columbia. Nonstop flight from New York to Bermuda and Return.  Piloted by Roger Williams, Errol Boyd and Harry Conner.

1930-Bellanca CH won both Efficiency Contests, National Air Races.

1930-Bellanca CH won for third consecutive time, Detroit Daily News Efficiency Award.  This win allowed Bellanca to retain permanent possession of the trophy.

1930-Bellanca CH seaplane won the Imperial Oil Company Trophy for speed and efficiency.

1930-Bellanca WBII Columbia Third trans-Atlantic flight Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to Scilly Isles, England.

1930-Bellanca CH won 1st and 2nd place, Ford Reliability Tour.

1931-Bellanca J2 Diesel established non-refueling World Endurance Record of 84 hours 33 minutes.  Piloted by Walter Lees and Frederick Brossy.

1931-Bellanca J Liberty NR797W. Fourth trans-Atlantic crossing from New York to Cardigan, Wales.  Piloted by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon.

1931-Bellanca J Miss Veedol.  Fifth trans-Atlantic crossing from New York to Cardigan, Wales.  Piloted by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon.

1933-Bellanca J Cape Cod.  Sixth trans-Atlantic crossing and World's Long-Distance, Nonstop Record.  New York to Istanbul, Turkey.  Pilots Russell Boardman and John Polando flew 5,011 miles in 49 hours.

1931-Bellanca J Miss Veedol. First trans-Pacific flight from Japan to Washington.  Piloted by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon.

1933-Bellanca J Litvanica.  Seventh trans-Atlantic flight New York to Pomerania, Germany.  Piloted by Stephen Darius and Stanley Girenas.

1934-Bellanca J.  Eighth trans-Atlantic flight.  New York to Lahinch, Ireland.  George Pond and Cesare Sabelli, pilots.

1934-Bellanca J White Falcon.  Ninth trans-Atlantic flight.  Newfoundland to Caen, France.  Piloted by Benjamin andJoseph Adamowicz.

1934-Bellanca CH-400 Skyrocket, serial no. 811, NR10794, seaplane - New York to Newfoundland, Iceland, Orkney Islands, Scotland, Dutch East Indies, Manila, etc.- August-November, 1934 - pilot was Dr. Richard Light.

1936-Bellanca 28-70 Flash, serial no. 902, NR190M - Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to London, England - October 30, 1936, fastest trans-Atlantic flight - 13 hours 17 minutes, Capt. James Mollinson.

1939-Bellanca Three-engine racer.  Second place Bendix Trophy Race from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., averaging 248 mph.

1947-Bellanca Cruisair, Sr.  First place, Beechcraft Trophy Race, Miami, Florida.

 

* Reprinted with permission from Delaware Aviation History, George J. Frebert, Dover Litho Printing Co., 1998.

 

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