|National origin||United States of America|
|Manufacturer||Maryland Pressed Steel Company|
|Designer||Giuseppe Mario Bellanca|
|First flight||September 1917|
The Bellanca CD was the first aircraft designed for the Maryland Pressed Steel Company, by the aircraft designer Giuseppe Mario Bellanca. The aircraft was also called the Bellanca C.D. or the "CD Tractor Biplane".
In 1916, the Maryland Pressed Steel Company hired Giuseppe Mario Bellanca to develop a two seat biplane with intention to sell examples to the government during the war effort.
Bellanca had previously designed his own parasol aircraft in Sicily, bring the examples to New York to test fly. The Bellanca Aeroplane Company and Flying School was formed in 1911 at Mineola Long Island New York, where Bellanca taught the Mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia.
The Bellanca CD was a two seat biplane using wing warping for roll control.
Although 6 examples were built, the aircraft did not go into full production after the end of WWI brought a halt to new contracts. One employee, Lewis E. Reisner, went on to form Reisner Aero Service Company in Hagerstown, which eventually became the Kreider Reisner Aircraft Company.
The follow on aircraft, was the Bellanca CE, with a 55hp engine.
Specifications Bellanca CD
Data from Air and Space Museum
- Capacity: 2
- Length: 26 ft (7.9 m)
- Empty weight: 400 lb (181 kg)
- Gross weight: 775 lb (352 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Anzani 3-cylinder radial, 35 hp (26 kW)
- Cruise speed: 74 kn; 137 km/h (85 mph)
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