Bellanca, Giuseppe Mario

Bellanca, Giuseppe Mario

(1886–1960) aeronautical designer/manufacturer; born in Sciacca, Sicily. Emigrating to America to join relatives (1912), he became a noted airplane designer when his plane, Columbia, set an endurance record (1927) and made a successful transatlantic crossing two weeks after Charles Lindbergh's (June 4–6, 1927). Developer of the single-engine Cruisair passenger series (1930–50), he was viewed as a better designer than a businessman.
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