BELLANCA CRUISEMASTER & VIKING

$9.95

Title:  Bellanca Cruisemaster & Viking No’s 1 and 2

The Bellanca series of light aircraft trace their origins back to the 14-9 which first flew in 1937 and was the first production US light aircraft to feature retractable undercarriage. The type was placed back in production after WW2 but like most other manufacturers Bellanca quickly found that the market was limited due to the glut of war surplus aircraft. The Cruisemaster was introduced in 1949 with a more powerful engine, higher weights, luxury interior etc, but production ceased in 1956.

Production of the type has been revived several times since with different companies, with several significant design changes. These included a conventional tricycle undercarriage, a single enlarged fin and increasingly powerful engines. In this configuration the aircraft was known as the Viking. Highest production was between 1968 and 1975 but low rate production continued until 2002.

We offer two titles covering the Bellanca series of light aircraft. The first title covers earlier aircraft and contains two manufacturer’s owners manuals for the Bellanca Cruisemaster and 260 along with a nice manufacturer’s sales manual. The second title covers later aircraft and contains two manufacturer’s owners / operations manuals for the Bellanca 260 and Viking along with two manufacturer’s publicity brochures. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages. Each title is US$9.95.

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Title 1 contains:

  • Manufacturer’s (Northern Aircraft) Flightbook (Operations and Maintenance) for the Bellanca Cruisemaster, document NA-1000 undated  with approx. 30 pages. (Continental IO-470-K engine.)
  • Manufacturer’s (Bellanca Aircraft Corp) Owner’s Manual for the Bellanca “260”, document NA-1000 undated  with approx. 41 pages. (Applicable to aircraft manufactured by Downer Aircraft 1959 – 1962, Continental IO-470-F engine.)
  • Manufacturer’s Sales Manual for the Bellanca, undated but probably 1947 with approx. 38 pages. (Contains aircraft and equipment brochures, specifications, advertisements etc.)

Title 2 contains:

  • Manufacturer’s (Bellanca Aircraft Corp) Owner’s Manual for the Bellanca 260A and B, undated  with approx. 37 pages. (Continental IO-470-F engine.)
  • Manufacturer’s (Bellanca Aircraft Corp) Operations Manual for the Bellanca Viking 300A, at the revision dated 11/75 with approx. 120 pages. (Continental IO-520-K or Lycoming IO-540-K1E5 engine.)
  •  Manufacturer’s publicity brochure for the Bellanca Viking and Turbo-Viking, undated with 6 pages.
  •  Manufacturer’s publicity brochure for the Bellanca Viking 300 series, undated with 4 pages.