BELLANCA CH NX/NC4050
Participant in the 1928 Ford Reliability
This airplane is a Bellanca Model CH-200 (S/N 102; ATC #47)
manufactured in November 1927 by the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation
of America, Staten Island, NY. It left the factory
with a Wright Whirlwind J-5AB engine (S/N 8158) of 200 HP.
It weighed 4,050 pounds.
On June 15, 1928, the airplane sold to Wayco Air Service
of Detroit, MI with engine S/N 8170 installed. The airplane
was approved for the NX designation in June 1928. We
find NX4050 at Tucson on the busy morning of July 10, 1928. Dozens
of pilots competing in the 1928 Ford Reliability Tour were
landing all around. Our pilot was George
Haldeman, who was carrying two passengers as participants
in the Tour. At the finish line, they placed 14th.
A photograph of 4050 is at the Cosgrove Collection at the link. You may see this airplane in motion on the ground at Tucson
at this link,
which shows a one-minute motion picture clip of the fourth
National Air Tour for the Edsel B. Ford Trophy when it visited
Tucson on the morning of July 10, 1928.
The airplane was switched to NC designation on February
13, 1929 and sold to Leon D. Sherrick of Canton, OH on October
18, 1929. He flew it into 1935 when, on March 13 it
was sold to Erie Isle Airways, Co. of Put-In-Bay, OH. Between
1935 and 1939 it changed hands five more times, mostly going
to air transport and business operators.
Its registration was cancelled on August 1, 1939 after its
last license expired. No reason was given for the
UPLOADED: 03/27/06 REVISED: 09/28/07, 11/07/07, 02/06/14