Bellanca TES

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Bellanca TES with Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines.

The Bellanca TES (Tandem Experimental Sesquiplane) was an experimental aircraft constructed by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca. Aircraft registration was NR855E.

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (left), pilot Shirley J. Short, and J. L. Houghteling (right) in front of the TES aircraft.
The view into the cockpit.

Aircraft was originally built in 1929 for the price of $25,000 for the first non-stop flight from Seattle to Tokyo.[1] 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)[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics



  1. ^ Bellanca's Secret, Time, 1929-05-06
  2. ^ 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

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