Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
Bellanca circa 1930
|Born||March 19, 1886|
|Died||December 26, 1960 (aged 74)|
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (March 19, 1886 - December 26, 1960) was an Italian-American airplane designer and builder who created the first enclosed-cabin monoplane in the United States in 1922. This aircraft is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
He was born on March 19, 1886 in Sciacca, Italy. He graduated with an engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano. He emigrated to Brooklyn in the United States in 1911 where he operated the Bellanca Flying School (1912-16).[nb 1]
After the short-lived partnership with Levine, Bellanca formed a new company, The Bellanca Aircraft Corporation of America in a financial partnership with the DuPont Family. The company would go on to develop a wide range of general aviation and light commercial aircraft. American Champion still produces products with a Bellanca lineage.
In 1941, Bellanca became the head of the aviation department at Higgins Industries, Inc., in New Orleans. He designed cargo aircraft during World War II. In 1954, he formed the Bellanca Development Company.
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca, one of the great figures of aviation history, is dead at 74. He died at Memorial Hospital Monday of leukemia. ...