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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


The Bellanca C.F. high-wing monoplane was the prototype for the first line of successful cabin aircraft, including Pacemakers and Cruisairs, built in the United States. Its creator, Italian immigrant Giuseppe Bellanca, embraced a completely new vision and design in the early 1920s, offering four passengers comfort and cover in a cabin while keeping the traditional open cockpit for the pilot.

Bellanca visualized the C.F. as a commercial transport aircraft before a market really existed; therefore, only one C.F. was ever built. However, the beautifully crafted monoplane, which its high-lift struts and mahogany plywood panels, exhibited high performance. It won races in 1922 and 1923 and also hosted two aerial marriages.

Gift of August T. Bellanca

Manufacturer: Bellanca Aircraft Co.

Date: 1922

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Wingspan: 12.2 m (40 ft)
Length: 7.26 m (23 ft 10 in)
Height: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Weight, empty: 432 kg (950 lb)
Weight, gross: 908 kg (1,990 lb)
Top Speed: 176 km/h (110mph)
Engine: Anzani, 110 hp

Materials: Wood frame with fabric and wood panels

Physical Description:General aviation high-wing monoplane; off-white paint and varnished wood.

Inventory number: A19620015000

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