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Giuseppe M. Bellanca Collection 1919-1959


Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of the archives of Bellanca and his company, including the following types of mediums: drawings, stress analysis tests, reports, photographs/negatives, documents, correspondence, patent information, newspaper clippings, business records, and financial statements.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Bellanca WB-2 "Miss Columbia"
  • Transatlantic flights

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


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Bellanca, Giuseppe M. 1886-1960


  • Chamberlin, Clarence
  • Wright Aeronautical Corporation
  • Bellanca

Physical description

248.5 cubic feet (245 boxes)


  • 1919
  • 1919-1959


Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (1886-1960) was a pioneer airplane designer and builder whose aircraft won him numerous awards and set altitude, endurance, and distance records. Born in Sciacca, Italy, Bellanca built his first aircraft in 1909 with the help of two friends. In 1911, Bellanca immigrated to the United States, taught himself how to fly and established an aviation flying school on Long Island, all the while continuing to design aircraft. In 1925, he joined the Wright Aeronautical Corporation and built the Columbia monoplane. The Wright-Bellanca Columbia [Bellanca WB-2 "Miss Columbia"] was flown by Clarence D. Chamberlin in the first nonstop transatlantic flight with a passenger. In 1926 Bellanca severed his connection with Wright and formed the Columbia Aircraft Corporation, later renamed the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation. Bellanca headed the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation until 1954.

Cite as

Giuseppe M. Bellanca Collection, Accession 1993-0055, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution


  • Correspondence
  • Collection descriptions
  • Drawings
  • Financial records
  • Photographic prints
  • Newspaper clippings

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