The Bellanca TES (Tandem Experimental Sesquiplane) was an experimental aircraft constructed by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca. Aircraft registration was NR855E.
Aircraft was originally built in 1929 for the price of $25,000 for the first non-stop flight from Seattle to Tokyo. In 1930 was refitted with two 600 hp Curtiss Conqueror engines and overbuilded for the Chicago Daily News as a cargo plane named The Blue Streak.
The aircraft crashed on 1931-05-26, when rear propeller drive shaft was broken due the vibration. All crew (Shirley J. Short - the pilot, Richard K. Peck - the copilot, Louis Rice - the radio operator, Robert W. Gormley - a mechanic) perished.
Specifications (with Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines)
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- Crew: 4
- Length: 44 ft 2 in / fuselage 25 ft 0 in (13,46 m / fuselage 7,62 m)
- Wingspan: 83 ft 2 in (25,35 m)
- Height: ()
- Wing area: ft (85 m²)
- Empty weight: 6,990 lb (3,170 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 20,945 lb (9,500 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp, 425 hp (317 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 149 mph (240 km/h)
- Range: 3,100 - 9,300 mi (5000 - 15000 km)
- Endurance: up to 100 hours
- Bellanca's Secret, Time, 1929-05-06
- Letec magazine, volume V, issue 11, page 582-583, November 1929, in Czech
- Alan Abel and Drina Welch Abel: Bellanca's Golden Age, Stockton : Wild Canyon Books, 2004, ISBN 1-891118-46-3
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bellanca TES.|
- Page dedicated to Shirley J. Short
- Bellanca TES images from the archive of San Diego Air & Space Museum