Following the merger, the name Bellanca Aircraft Corporation was adopted, and Bellanca marketed both its own products and those of Champion Aircraft. This redesign made the use of cowl flaps necessary for the first time on the Viking. At that time Viking production was at a rate of 17 aircraft per month. The aircraft developed through modifications of classic designs by the aviation pioneer. Jane's Yearbooks, New York, 1975.
A group of six Bellanca enthusiasts purchased the company from the state of Minnesota in 2002. The 14-13 Cruisair series was developed into the larger, more powerful 14-19 Cruisemaster in the early 1950s. Empty weight is 2185 lb 994 kg and gross weight is 3325 lb 1512 kg. Most of the Viking production occurred between 1968 and 1975 with 1356 total aircraft produced. .
Based in Minnesota, Bellanca employed skilled craftsmen to manufacture the from spruce. After the original Bellanca company went out of business, Downer Aircraft took over the type certificate and built the 14-19-2 Cruisemaster by mating the airframe with a Continental O-470 of 230 hp. This necessitated the use of cowl flaps for the first time on the Viking but resulted in a 12 mph increase. The 14-19-3 260 retained the wire-braced triple tail into the 1962 model year. Also under development was a side-by-side two-seat trainer based on the pre-war Aeronca Chief. In addition to continued production of the four-seat Viking series, Bellanca marketed the two-seat Citabria, a utility version known as the Scout, and an advanced acrobatic aircraft named the Decathlon.
The wings are constructed from spruce with a plywood skin. In 1979 production of the Lycoming-powered 17-31A ceased. The inspection should look for cracks on the vertical tubes at Fuselage Station 7 which support the horizontal stabilizer, paying special attention to the area where the horizontal stabilizer carry-through tube support bracket flange is welded to the vertical fuselage tube. Bellanca Super Viking photographed at Over the years there were a number of refinements to the aircraft. The original hydraulic gear and flap actuation system was redesigned in 1968 introducing electric flaps.
The later Vikings retain the oversized vertical fin that contributes to the distinctive flying characteristics of the aircraft. The original complex fuel system with five tanks and two fuel selectors allowing eight possible combinations of selector settings was simplified to a left, right and auxiliary system in 1974. A total of 1,356 Vikings have been produced with most production between 1968 and 1975 1019 planes. After that year the triple tail design was modified to a single tail with the same aggregate surface area, and manufactured as the Model 260A. Since 2002 the company has been operated by a group of six Bellanca enthusiasts who bought the company from the state of Minnesota and established Alexandria Aircraft Co. They have sold one new aircraft, manufactured in 2005.
Please help to this article by more precise citations. To view the various models currently available, please check out our or our other for descriptions and photos or of your aircraft for sale. After several years of financial losses, Viking sales became profitable again in 1978. The Bellanca Viking's fuselage is constructed from tubular steel over-laid with fabric. In 1996, the was made available as an option. Electric flaps were introduced in 1968 when the original hydraulic gear and flap actuation system was redesigned.
In 1979, Continental-powered Vikings sported a fully enclosed nosewheel thanks to a redesign of the engine mount. The cracks are on both left and right tubes and appear to start near the point where the horizontal stabilizer carry-through tube support bracket flange is welded to the vertical fuselage tube. However, this resulted in a 12 mph increase. The company provides technical support and parts to owners. The capacity of the Viking is for one crew member and three passengers. In 1967, the first 17-30 Viking appeared and was powered by a 300 hp K engine. The aircraft in question had the Service Kit installed; the current problem therefore applies to all serial numbers.
Modifications over the years to new A series Vikings were an increased gross weight of 3325 lbs; the complex fuel systems was simplified to a left, right, and auxiliary system; and redesigned engine mount that allowed for a fully enclosed nosewheel. Sales during the 1973 fiscal year totaled 671 aircraft, compared with 451 in 1972. The aircraft fuselage is constructed from tubular steel overlaid with fabric while the wings are fashioned from spruce with a plywood skin. . . . .