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Wright-Bellanca WB-1 was designed by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca for the Wright Aeronautical corporation for use in record-breaking flights. [2 ]
Development [ edit ]
The WB-1 was a high-winged monoplane with conventional landing gear and all-wood construction. The landing gear fairings were constructed to extend into wheel pants.
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Operational history [ edit ]
The WB-1 was demonstrated at the 1925 Pulitzer Prize Air Races in New York. In the first day's flights, the WB-1 clocked in 121.8 mph in a closed course race. On day two, the WB-1 won in a payload versus hp and speed efficiency contest, beating a
Curtiss Oriole and Sikorsky S-31. In 1926, pilot Fred Becker crashed the overloaded aircraft in a world-record endurance attempt. The aircraft cartwheeled and broke up on a landing attempt. [5 ] [6 ]
Specifications (WB-1) [ edit ]
Data from Air and Space, Air Pictorial 1975
Wingspan: 45 ft (14 m)
Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-4 Whirlwind 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 200 hp (150 kW)
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References [ edit ]
^ "Air and Space Guseppe M. Bellanca Collection" . Retrieved . 29 September 2013
^ Joe Jackson. Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic. p. 127.
^ AOPA Pilot Volume 13, Part 1: 35.
^ Ross Smyth. The Lindbergh of Canada: The Erroll Boyd Story. p. 63.
^ Michael Gough. The Pulitzer Air Races: American Aviation and Speed Supremacy, 1920-1925. p. 175.
^ Jay P. Spenser. Bellanca C.F.the emergence of the cabin monoplane in the United States. p. 45.
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