In honor of the birth of pioneer aviation genius Guiseppe Bellanca on March 19th, 1886, we spotlight “Bellanca C.F., The Emergence of the Cabin Monoplane in the United States”, by J. P. Spencer. It is not widely known that Charles Lindbergh’s first choice of an airplane for his famous trans-atlantic flight was the Columbia; a Bellanca designed & built plane, not the Spirit of St. Louis , which was his second choice. The details of why the Columbia was not used center on the owner of the Columbia at the time, Charles Levine. Lindbergh wanted to buy the Columbia but Levine demanded terms which killed the deal.
Bellanca built his airfield in New Castle, Delaware. Today a museum exists near the original hangar not far from DuPont Highway. According to a data sheet kindly provided by historian Francis Ianni, who stewards the Bellanca museum, Bellanca’s aeronautical achievements include the following:
Our highlighted book explores Bellanca’s influence and achievements in detail.
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