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Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker

CH-300 Pacemaker Bellanca aircraft The Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker monoplane was a later version of the first Bellanca WB-1 developed in 1925. It was well known in the 1920s and 1930s for its distances and endurance. The only aircraft that was its rival in this arena was the Lockheed Vega.

Two weeks after Lindbergh completed his famous flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis, Clarence Chamberlin flew from New York to Germany in a second prototype of the named the WB-2 Columbia. Canadian Captain J. Erroll Boyd piloted the Columbia in 1930 on another crossing of the Atlantic, making the Bellanca monoplane Columbia the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic twice. A lithograph print of an original R.W. Bradford painting.

The Bellanca had very good lifting capacity and could fly significant distances. In 1931, a Bellanca fitted with a Packard diesel engine set a record for staying aloft for 84 hours and 33 minutes without being refuelled. This record was not broken until 55 later on the 14 to the 23 December 1986 when a Rutan Voyager stayed aloft without refuelling for 216 hours (more than nine days).

Many bush pilots had a Bellanca, and the Royal Canadian Air Force bought 29 planes in 1929, which they used extensively for aerial photography.


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