Giuseppe M. Bellanca
Photo Courtesy of George Frebert

     To visit his entry on this site, first click on National Aviation Hall of Fame to go to the homepage. Next, highlight and click on "Enshrinees List" at the lower left corner of the page. You will find an alphabetical listing of all enshrinees on this page. Then highlight and click on his name.
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     If you search for "Giuseppe M. Bellanca", using the Google search engine, (6-4-04), you will find about 50 links. Perhaps the most helpful is the following.

     This link leads to a voluminous and comprehensive catalogue of the materials which are available at the National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division. Included is a very nice biography which offers many details of his life and career. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

     You will find a fascinating collection relating to Bellanca on the Bellanca Super Viking website. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
     If time permits, I heartily recommend that you visit the homepage by clicking on:
Super Viking

     This page offers numerous links to sites which relate to the Bellanca name. Of particular interest to me are the ones to "Bellanca Family Members." You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

       Back in the days when planes began to span the Atlantic and were first being flown around the world, the name Bellanca was as well-known in aviation circles as Ford was in the early auto era.
     The man who added his name to aviation annals was Guiseppe M. Bellanca, pioneer aircraft designer, who died Dec. 26, 1960, at the age of seventy-four. He resided at Galena, Md.
     A native of Sicily, he began his experiments in aircraft design while studying in Milan, Italy. He came to the United States in 1911 and became a U. S. citizen in 1929.
     From 1912 to 1916 he ran the Bellanca Airplane school at Mineola, Long Island, but his main interest was in the design and construction of planes. After World War I, he joined the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, and designed a number of single-engine monoplanes.
     A Wright-Bellanca plane, the Columbia, set a world record in 1927. Later, piloted by Clarence Chamberlain, the plane was the first to fly the Atlantic with a passenger (Charles A. Levine).
     Following the success of the Columbia, Mr. Bellanca formed his own company at New Castle, Del. Among the company's planes was the one in which Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herdon Jr. made the first non-stop flight across the Pacific in 1931. He sold his interest in the company six years ago.
     He leaves his widow, Dorothy Brown Bellanca and a son, August.
This from The EARLY BIRDS CHIRP, March 1961, Number 65
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