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Bellanca's Golden Age

Bellanca's Golden Age
by Alan Abel & Drina Welch Abel

BELLANCA's GOLDEN AGE is a new book included in The Golden Age of Aviation Series. Book Reviews for The Golden Age of Aviation Series: Smithsonian's Air & Space: "Archival photos and technical drawings abound." American Aviation Historical Society: "...details the people, facilities and manufacturing operations." EAA's Sport Aviation: "...progressively tells the events and details of these aircraft." Skyways: "Your new series is a hit of the first order!" SR Batteries: "...just wonderful reading!" General Aviation News: "...books ARE A MUST FOR AVIATION BUFFS." THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION SERIES is being published to commemorate this year's 100th Anniversary of Flight (2003), and presents an historical look at Aviation's Golden Years through detailed and meaty text, numerous original photos, many of which have never been published before now, original magazine advertisements of the era, and internationally acclaimed 3-view Scale Drawings. This new series of books highlights a number of airplane manufacturers during the 1900s through 1950. THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION SERIES takes a look at the respective airplane manufacturer from start-up (and before) through the struggling years of the Great Depression through the end of World War II and beyond to the postwar boom/bust. This series is a compilation featuring the combined research and writings of Drina Welch Abel, Alan Abel, and the late Paul Matt. The 3-view scale drawings used in our Golden Age books have been reviewed, acclaimed and praised by the aviation press in every continent of the world! BELLANCA's GOLDEN AGE Traces G.M. Bellanca coming from Sicily to America as a teenager in 1911 through his 42 years of continuous airplane manufacturing operations. He did more for aviation than any other single individual during aviation's first 100 years, bar none! This is the ONLY BOOK that has ever captured Bellanca's complete and lengthy story. Details the beginnings of the air transportation system over great distances. Details the first ten flights over the Atlantic and the first flight over the Pacific. Tells never-before-told stories of Charles Lindbergh, Clarence Chamberlin and many other Golden Age personalities. Tells the complete story of the greatest airplane of the 1920s — Bellanca's Columbia (the plane Lindbergh wanted but didn't get). In the 1930s the government tested 209 different airplanes and found that Bellanca's was the best regarding "efficiency." Details Bellanca airplanes: CD, CE, CF, Wright-Bellanca 1, WB-2, Columbia, Bellanca J, TES Tandem, Pacemaker, Special J-300, Model K, Airbus/Aircruiser, C-27A, Miss Veedol, The White Falcon, Senior Skyrocket, The Flash, XSE-1, XSE-2, Bellanca Racer, Cruisair Junior, YO-50 (liaison), AT-21-BL Trainer, Cruisair Senior, Cruisemaster.

148 pages, SB, 8.5x11, 175+ photos, 3-view outlines.

 

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Monday, May 17, 2010
Bellanca Book Bombs
by Lars from Wasilla AK USA 

Pros: I gave this book 3 stars only because many photos were new to me
Cons: The authors evidently knew little about the subject matter; see review.
Review:

The text is written for about a 7th grade reading level. That would be fine if the information provided were reliable. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

The photo at the beginning of chapter 25 caught my eye while first paging through, & the caption stated the photo was taken in India, so I began reading to learn more about it. The text only credited this one with crossing the Atlantic & says nothing about how it ended up in India. Worse, the same paragraph describes how "In 1933 and 1934, the seventh, eighth and ninth Atlantic crossings for Bellanca cabin planes were accomplished by Steve Darius and Stan Adamowicz in the White Falcon, and by Dr. Richard Light in a commercial seaplane, a Bellanca CH-300 Skyrocket, the Asulinak." There are so many mistakes in this sentence it's hard to count them all. Left entirely unclear is which flights crossed in which year, & that's the least of it.

There was a trans- Atlantic attempt in 1933 by brothers Benjamin & Joseph Adamowicz, ending with damage to their J-300 "White Eagle" in Newfoundland on the take-off attempt, but I know of no "Stan Adamowicz" & no "White Falcon". Ben & Joe made a successful crossing in 1934, the same plane now renamed "Warsaw". There was a Stephen Darius, but he flew another Bellanca across the Atlantic in 1933 with partner Stanley Girenus. That Bellanca was named "Lituanica" & it crashed fatally for both men in Northeastern Germany, not far short of their goal in Lithuania.

There is no index, but I see no photos & no mention of "Lituanica"... There is no such thing as a "CH-300 Skyrocket". You'd think somebody publishing a book about Bellancas could at least get THAT right! The photo shows a CH-400 Skyrocket. Given the problems with the stories I DO know there, I'm uncertain whether I've learned anything at all factual about Dr. Light's Skyrocket.

I love the photos, in spite of the middling reproduction quality, but the captions are as problematic as this bit of text. To whoever wrote these captions, all Bellancas must seem perfectly interchangeable. On pages 72 & 73 an earlier Bellanca CH or J & the later J-300 Special "Miss Veedol" are claimed to be the same aircraft. The other 2 photos on page 72 are also badly mis-captioned.

So if you already know what you're looking at regarding Bellancas, it's a fairly good picture book in spite of the indifferent image quality.


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