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AviaBellanca Aircraft

AviaBellanca Aircraft Corporation
Type Aeronautics
Industry Aircraft manufacturing and design
Founded 1927 (adopted current name in 1983)
Headquarters Alexandria, MN
Key people Giuseppe Mario Bellanca, Founder

AviaBellanca Inc. website

Alexandria Aircraft website
Bellanca 14-13-2, manufactured in 1947
Bellanca Citabria 7ECA, manufactured in 1980

AviaBellanca Aircraft Corporation is an American aircraft design and manufacturing company. Prior to 1983 it was known as the Bellanca Aircraft Company. The company was founded in 1927 by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca.

The company

After Giuseppe Mario Bellanca, the designer and builder of Italy's first aircraft, came to the United States in 1911, he began to design aircraft for a number of firms, including the Maryland Pressed Steel Company, Wright Aeronautical Corporation and the Columbia Aircraft Corporation. Bellanca founded his own company, Bellanca Aircraft Corporation of America, in 1927, sited first in Richmond Hill, New York and moving in 1928 to New Castle (Wilmington), Delaware. In the 1920s and 1930s, Bellanca's aircraft of his own design were known for their efficiency and low operating cost, gaining fame for world record endurance and distance flights. Lindbergh's first choice for his New York to Paris flight was a Bellanca WB-2. The company's insistence on selecting the crew drove Lindbergh to Ryan.[1]

Bellanca remained President and Chairman of the Board from the corporation's inception on the last day of 1927 until he sold the company to L. Albert and Sons in 1954.[2] From that time on, the Bellanca line was part of a succession of companies that maintained the lineage of the original aircraft produced by Bellanca.[3]


First Flight - Model / Military number - Name


1922: Roos-Bellanca Aircraft is formed in Omaha

1923: Roos-Bellanca merges with Wright Aeronautical to form Wright-Bellanca.

1927: Giuseppe Bellanca acquires the rights to the WB-2 Columbia and forms the Columbia Aircraft Division of Bellanca Aircraft.

Bellanca J300 of Adamowicz brothers after a transatlatic flight, July 2, 1934

1955: Bellanca Aircraft sold to Northern Aircraft (later named Downer then International Aircraft or Inter-Air) of Alexandria, Minnesota.

1967: Bellanca name resurfaces as Bellanca Sales, a subsidiary of Miller Flying Service of Inter-Air.

1970: Bellanca Sales acquires Champion Aircraft and returns name to Bellanca Aircraft.

1978: Bellanca Aircraft becomes a subsidiary of Anderson Greenwood

1982: Bellanca Aircraft assets sold to Viking Aviation and Champion Aircraft.

2002: Viking's assets, including Bellanca Aircraft, acquired by Alexandria Aircraft LLC (consortium of Weber's Aero Repair and four Bellanca Aircraft employees). [4]

  • while…

1960: Giuseppe Bellanca dies.

1968: His son, August Bellanca, restarts the original Bellanca company.

1983: Restarted company is renamed AviaBellanca Aircraft

Bellanca Aircruiser under restoration at the Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg.

2010: August Bellanca dies of chemotherapy complications.

See also


  1. ^ Mondey 1978, p. 96.
  2. ^ "The Giuseppe M. Bellanca Collection". National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ Palmer 2001, p. 51.
  4. ^ Alexandria Aircraft LLC - Homepage
  • Mondey, David. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Aircraft. Secaucus, NJ: Chartwell Books Inc, 1978. ISBN 0-89009-771-2.
  • Palmer, Trisha, ed. "Bellanca Viking Series". Encyclopedia of the World's Commercial and Private Aircraft. New York: Crescent Books, 2001. ISBN 0-517-36285-6.

External links

  • AviaBellanca Aircraft Corporation website
  • Friends of Bellanca Field
  • The main focus of the George J. Frebert collection on Delaware aviation and the George J. Frebert photograph collection on Delaware aviation — both about Giuseppe Bellanca & his Bellanca Aircraft Corporation; in the Hagley Museum and Library.

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