Delaware embraces Bellanca roots

Oct 06, 2019 1034

BY: Dan Namowitz

On July 30, Gov. John Carney signed a bill affording historic status to the Bellanca Cruisair, a fast and sightly single-engine taildragger that debuted in the 1930s and was manufactured in a series of models before and after World War II at a factory built by aircraft designer Giuseppe Bellanca in New Castle, Delaware.

The factory was built in 1928 and operated for 26 years, turning out more than 3,000 airplanes including Cruisairs and other Bellanca models, according to the Bellanca Airfield Museum, which is home to the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.


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