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Offline Maveric

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Bellanca jungle
« on: April 18, 2010, 12:17:45 pm »
Hi all,

can you bring light into the jungle of Bellanca firms and designation systems?

I know there is a series with letters and series with numbers.

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Re: Bellanca jungle
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010, 01:19:33 pm »
Ha! Now that's a tough one! Bellanca is one of the very few US manufacturers I never took the time to list properly because it's a jungle, indeed! Here is just a rough listing of all found Bellanca designations. Not all correspond to built aircraft. Quite a few are projects, many are prototypes. Not included are the later Bellanca (Aeronca) models or later general aviation types such as the T-250 Aries.

Topic edited - better version posted further below
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Offline Jos Heyman

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Re: Bellanca jungle
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2010, 01:45:47 pm »
In Aerofiles the following has been written on Bellanca designations:

Bellanca model designations generally were based on specifications—e.g.: 14-9 defined a wing area of 14 sqft, and the 9 indicated horsepower, in this case 90hp.
Bellanca models appearing in gray type were specified in titles of NASM archival matter and their actual existence or degree of manufacture is unknown. Some were numbered design projects, some were variants and mods and test reports, some with vague titles (Three-Seater Super Fighter, 6 Seater Tandem, etc), many are up for speculation. It will require serious dedication on the part of some researcher who has the time (and NASM's permission) to go through c.100 boxes and bring into the light those mysteries.

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Re: Bellanca jungle
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010, 06:01:36 am »
Hi,

P-100 Airbus 14-seat commercial monoplane
T-250 four/five-set cabin monoplane
PM-300 Pacemaker freighter
50-210 triplane bomber
77-180 twin-float monoplane

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Re: Bellanca jungle
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012, 08:17:08 am »
An attempt to sort out the Bellanca mess...


LETTER SERIES
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 A                     Army Attack proposal
 CD       
 CE                   SPORT
 CF                   SPORT (Anzani engine), AIR SEDAN (1922)
 CG                  some versions with Curtiss OX-OXX engines
 CG (WB-1)       Wright-Bellanca airplane, sometimes called the "Wright-Plane" (circa 1925)
 WB-2               Wright-Bellanca airplane (circa 1926); became Columbia Aircraft Co. "Miss Columbia" (record: 4 June 1927)
 CH                  also amphibian version
 CH-200            PACEMAKER
 CH-300            PACEMAKER, over 35 built (1929); one to X/RE-3 [BuAer 9341]
 CH-300            PACEMAKER SPECIAL [ATC Group 2 #2-185]
 CH-300W         PACEMAKER [A.T.C. #328] (1931)
 CH-400            SKYROCKET (1929); one to US Navy as XRE-1 [BuAer A8938] and one as XRE-2 [BuAer 9207]
 CH-400W         SKYROCKET
 D                    SKYROCKET D
 E                     PACEMAKER E
 F                     SKYROCKET F
 F-1                  SKYROCKET F-1
 F-2                  SKYROCKET F-2
 HC-57             Higgins-Bellanca twin-boom cargo transport project
 I                     found as a Columbia Aircraft Co. type
 J                     PATHFINDER, included "Liberty", "Miss Veedol" and "Green Flash"
 J-300              PATHFINDER, included "Cape Cod" and "Leonardo da Vinci"
 J-300 Special   "American Legion" (also called 30-42 Special)
 J-2                  PACEMAKER; also TRADEWIND SPECIAL
 J-3       
 J-3-500            Special long distance version "Santa Lucia"
 K                    Transport, included "Roma"
 M                    Transport
 MP-901           Canadian mailplane
 P-100              AIRBUS; first flight: May 1930 (P series was commercial version of K)
 P-200/-A          AIRBUS; 4 built (1931); two as USAAC Y1C-27 (possibly one first as XC-942)
 P-300              AIRBUS; military version for USAAC as C-27A, C-27B and C-27C
 PM-300            PACEMAKER FREIGHTER, cargo version of CH-300
 P-2                  Army project
 TES                 TANDEM (Tandem Experimental Sesquiplane) "The Blue Streak"; push-pull prototype, 1 ex (1950) [X/NR855E]
 T-250               ARIES


NUMERAL SERIES
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NOTE: first part of designation refers to the wing area while second part refers to horsepower

14-7,-7L           JUNIOR
14-9,-9L           JUNIOR
14-10,-10L   
14-12,-12-F3    CRUISAIR (1941)
14-13/-2,-3      CRUISAIR SENIOR
14-13-3W         CRUISAIR SENIOR, stationwagon version
T 14-14            tandem-seat low-wing monoplane primary trainer
T 14-15,-15L    TRAINER
14-19              CRUISEMASTER
14-19-3A          BRAVO (marketed as the Model 260A, 260B and 260C)
T 14-22       
17-20       
17-30              VIKING
17-30A,-30B    SUPER VIKING
17-31              VIKING 300
17-31A            SUPER VIKING 300
17-31ATC        TURBO SUPER VIKING
17-110             Interceptor Airplane, Single Engine Pursuit Type (Circular Proposal 39-770)
18-13       
18-40       
19-18       
19-25               SKYROCKET II, SKYROCKET III
19-34       
19-67       
20-13               Preliminary design of liaison observation airplane (1946)
20-115             Interceptor Airplane, Single Engine Pursuit Type (Turbo-Supercharger) (Circular Proposal 39-770)
22-42       
22-80               Low-wing US Navy fighter airplane project (1935); also alternative biplane proposal
23-55       
23-80               High-wing US Navy fighter airplane project (1935); also alternative biplane proposal
23-100             Army Pursuit Airplane project with Allison Engine (1935)
23-140       
24-19               Preliminary Design of Liaison Observation Airplane (1946)
24-45               Preliminary Specification, no details (1952)
C-24-100-P   
26-100B           Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber Landplane project
27-50       
27-86               Two-Seater Fighter Landplane project
28-70               "Irish Swoop" transatlantic racer for a private pilot (1936)
28-73       
28-90               Built for French airmail operations (20 ex); diverted to Spanish Civil War (1937)
28-90A             FLASH
28-90B             FLASH, former 28-70 re-engined with 900 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engine
28-92               Three-engined version of FLASH, "Papana racer", used for racing and records (1937)
28-100             FLASH
28-110             FLASH, version for Chinese Government with 1000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engine (1938)
C 28-/28-140   
30-42 Special    PATHFINDER, also christened "Clevelander" for record attempts (same as the J-300 Special)
31-40               SENIOR PACEMAKER
31-42               SENIOR PACEMAKER, 9-place variant (1935); one modified as U.S. Navy JE-1 in 1938 [BuAer 0795]
31-45               SENIOR PACEMAKER landplane freighter project (1949)
31-50               SENIOR SKYROCKET (1934)
31-55               SENIOR SKYROCKET (1938)
31-55A             SENIOR SKYROCKET / SKYROCKET (1945-46)
31-55B             SENIOR SKYROCKET
33-220             Interceptor Airplane, Twin-Engine Pursuit Type (Circular Proposal 39-775)
39-60M
49-42               YO-50 Liaison Short Range Observation Airplane for US Army Air Corps, 3 ex (1940)
50-210             Trimotor Bomber Specification
60-120             Utility Airplane (1953)
60-160             Utility Airplane (1953)
66-67               AIRCRUISER (1936)
66-70               AIRCRUISER (1934); also seaplane version (1935)
66-75               AIRCRUISER (1938)
66-76               AIRCRUISER (1938)
66-85               AIRCRUISER
66-87               US Navy Patrol Utility Airplane proposal, Class VPJ (1939)
66-90               US Navy Patrol Utility Airplane proposal, Class VPJ (1940)
77-140             Bomber prototype submitted to US Army Air Corps (1935); to Colombia
77-143       
77-147
77-160             Twin-float monoplane seaplane (1935)
77-170             Twin-float monoplane seaplane (1935)
77-320             JUNIOR (circa 1938)
115-200           BELLANCA BOMBER project (1935)



DESIGNATIONS UNKNOWN
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 nd                   1912 type
 nd                   conversion of Wright Mailplane (itself based on DH-4)
 nd                   TANDEM four-seater derivative project
 nd                   US Navy XSE-1 carrier based scout, ordered 19 Oct 1931, 1 ex (1932) [BuAer A9186]
 nd                   US Navy XSE-2 two-seater carrier based scout (1932)
 nd                   US Navy XSOE-1 cruiser-based scout-observation biplane seaplane prototype (VSO Class) (1936) [BuAer 9728]
 


TARGETS
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2-12                Class KD target drone for US Navy (1948)
3-12P,3-12W    Type KD-300 target drone for US Navy (1954)
nd                   US Army Tow Target Model XM-24 (1953)
TW                  Aerial High Speed Towed Target, Triangular Configuration (1951)
CM, CM-1         Aerial High Speed Towed Target, Circular Configuration (1951)
CP-2                Aerial High Speed Towed Target, Circular Configuration, Fibreglass Plastic (1952)
CP-3                Aerial High Speed Towed Target, Circular Configuration, Fibreglass Plastic (1952)
nd                   Tow Aerial Aero X31A; Dart Configuration, Collapsible Dart Configuration and Body of Revolution Configuration (1954)
CF-1                Towed Radar Reflector - Aerial, Circular - Body or Revolution Configuration (1955)



AERONCA CHAMPION DERIVATIVES
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7ACA                CHAMP
7ECA                CITABRIA ("Airbatic" wrote the wrong way)
7GCBC             CITABRIA
7KCAB              CITABRIA
8GCBC             SCOUT
8KCAB              DECATHLON
8KCAB-180       SUPER DECATHLON
11AC                CHIEF
« Last Edit: May 10, 2012, 07:00:57 am by Stargazer2006 »

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Re: Bellanca jungle
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 05:51:28 pm »
Though the designation is not Bellanca's, but the U.S. Army's, I have found no better place for now to feature the XM-24 Sonic Speed Aerial Tow Target.

The XM-24 was designed and built by Bellanca after WW2 for the U. S. Army Ordnance Corp. The Army trained their radar and gun crews to track high speed, high altitude targets by towing the XM-24 with an Air Force B-47 at speeds above 400 MPH.

It is thirty feet long, made of fiberglass with a hole in the nose for the towing cable. Several hatches give access to the inside and to the electronic gear fitted there.

Total number built is unknown, but the Bellanca Collection has a document that mentions "Serial #0006 and Up", suggesting at least a small production run.

The tow target in the photos below is displayed in the hangar of the Bellanca Museum, at Bellanca Airfield, New Castle, Delaware, and  was found on the nearby Quigley Farm.

See: www.friendsofbellanca.org
« Last Edit: October 29, 2013, 06:34:35 pm by Stargazer2006 »

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Re: Bellanca jungle
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2013, 05:33:35 am »
Great find Stargazer.