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Bellanca Model 23-100

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Any info out there regarding this Allison-engine fighter proposal?
 

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I don't have any more info than that. There are five 23-... fighter projects that I know of:
  • 23-55 (no info)
  • 23-80 (a 1935 high-wing fighter for U.S. Navy)
  • 23-80 (alt.) (a 1935 biplane fighter for U.S. Navy)
  • 23-100 (a 1935 U.S. pursuit for U.S. Army with Allison engine)
  • 23-140 (no info)
Being Allison-powered, I have a feeling this must have been a monoplane, but I could be wrong; have there ever been any Allison-powered biplanes?
 

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Thanks, but I've been a member for 2-1/2 yrs:)
 

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Looking into the source mentioned by Hesham above, I found the following:
Bellanca 23-100 profile view.jpg Circular Proposal 35-464 contenders.jpg Circular Proposal 35-464 whole table.jpg
 

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Dear Victore,please can you give us a direct link to Bellanca 23-100 drawing ?,and thanks.

For this competition of 1935 for a pursuit capable for 300 mph speed,I will try to analysis
this tenders;

- W. Woodward,maybe this person on aerofiles;

- Riley Buroughs,I think they meant; Riley Burrows,who made some racer aircraft,and maybe this was
R-6 ?,

- Leland Kirby,that's unknown designer ?

- Francis & Nye,I think they meant this one;

- George Allwood,unknown designer

- Frye,Chaffee & Leighton,completely unknown designers,except the first,maybe this person;

- Wedell-Williams XP-34

- Bellanca 23-100

- Eng. & Research Corp.,I think I saw this company on Aviationweek archive ?

- Curtiss,I suggest it was Model-78 ?

- Hughes,I suppose it was D-1,or maybe

- Reider-Clark,unknown,maybe they meant, Rider-Clark,could be developed from R-3 ?,

- Seversky,could be SEV-?

- W.F. Schult,we can say S-? ,

- Robert Agner,unknown designer

- Chamberlain,I think they meant Chamberlin,and from its series,maybe C-?
 

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A few notes on those names ...

"Robert Anger,unknown designer" - Still unknown but the person from Glendale, CA listed was Robert Agner.

"Riley Buroughs" Yes, Riley Burrows would be correct.

"Chamberlain Aircraft Co" I can find no mention of such a firm based in Santa Monica. However, Clarence D. Chamberlin was based in New Jersey (when he wasn't barnstorming around the US East Coast).

Engineering and Research Corporation is just the long-form of ERCO.

"Francis & Nye" Willis L. Nye was indeed from San Francisco. But I would remind you that Willis Nye was a writer, not a designer.

"Frye, Chaffee, & Leighton" Because of the date and a seeming USAAC obsession with racing aircraft, I'd bet that "Chaffee" refers to Percy Chaffee because of his connection the Nicholas-Beazley Phantom I.

"Leland Kirby" likely referred to Leland Ripley Kirby. He is listed as being from Victoria, BC but Kirby became a naturalized American in California (not sure of the naturalization date, though).

"Reider-Clark" Yes, the Keith Rider submission was based on Rider-Clark the R-3 and powered by an R-1535 Twin Wasp Junior.

"WF Schult" of Baltimore, possibly William F. Schult (mentioned in Aerial Age Weekly, 31 Oct 1921, in relation to a flight made by an Orenco Type F (F-4) Tourister.
 

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Dear Victore,please can you give us a direct link to Bellanca 23-100 drawing ?,and thanks.

For this competition of 1935 for a pursuit capable for 300 mph speed,I will try to analysis
this tenders;

- W. Woodward,maybe this person on aerofiles;

- Riley Buroughs,I think they meant; Riley Burrows,who made some racer aircraft,and maybe this was
R-6 ?,

- Leland Kirby,that's unknown designer ?

- Francis & Nye,I think they meant this one;

- George Allwood,unknown designer

- Frye,Chaffee & Leighton,completely unknown designers,except the first,maybe this person;

- Wedell-Williams XP-34

- Bellanca 23-100

- Eng. & Research Corp.,I think I saw this company on Aviationweek archive ?

- Curtiss,I suggest it was Model-78 ?

- Hughes,I suppose it was D-1,or maybe

- Reider-Clark,unknown,maybe they meant, Rider-Clark,could be developed from R-3 ?,

- Seversky,could be SEV-?

- W.F. Schult,we can say S-? ,

- Robert Anger,unknown designer

- Chamberlain,I think they meant Chamberlin,and from its series,maybe C-?
In regards to the drawing, I would suggest following the link you gave and then within the search function within those pages, type in the particular Bellanca Model number.
 

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Giuseppe M. Bellanca Collection

The sideview drawing is near the end of the slideshow (page 5 of returns).A summary of details follows (if actual length and span were listed, I missed them).

Bellanca 23-100 - 03 May 1935

Monocoque fuselage, cantilever wings and tailplane, retractable main and tailwheels. Undercarriage could accommodate optional Air Corps wheel skis.

Wing Area: 234 square feet (less fuselage)
Gross weight: 5,146 lbs
Empty weight: 3,755 lbs
Useful load : 1,391 lbs
Maximum Speed: 361 mph at 20,000 feet
High Speed: 328 mph at 10,000 feet
Operating Speed: 286 mph at 10,000 feet
Stalling Speed: Power off at sea level
- 65.00 mph (flaps down)
- 72.25 mph (flaps up)
Service Ceiling: 37,500 feet
Time to 10,000 feet: 2.83 minutes
Rate of Climb: 3,500 feet per minute
Endurance (op. speed) 3 (or 3.91) hours

Engine: 1 x Allison V-1710 V-12, 1,000 hp at 2,600 rpm at 20,000 feet
- Optional Form F exhaust-driven supercharger

Propeller: Variable-pitch, manually-adjusted (no specific model mentioned)

Guns: 2 x cowl-mounted machine guns, Type N-1 optical gun sight
- .30-cal and/or .50-cal options, mounted near centreline
- .30-cal M1918 M1 or M2; .50-cal M1921 or M2
- Gun camera: Type G-4

Bombs: Racks for up to 170 lb load (17 lb Mk II, 25 lb Mk III, 30 lb Type M5)
 
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