The Airbus single-engine D transport aircraft was developed from an earlier high-wing design - the Model K - and the type took Bellanca's wing bracing concept to a new level by creating a partial lower wing with an undercarriage which was enclosed below the main bracing point.
Although the onset of the Great Depression impacted sales, an order was received from the USAAC for 14 examples initially, the first four deliveries designated Y1C-27 and the later 10 with an uprated engine.The Airbus was further developed and renamed as the Aircruiser; however, regulation changes in the USA during the mid-1930s made operation of
single-engined aircraft for transport services difficult. Remaining sales of the Aircruiser were therefore concentrated in
Canada, where float conversion was popular because of the many lakes and isolated settlements. There were 23 examples of all types built.
| ENGINE||1 x 650hp Pratt & Whitney Hornet S3D1G radial engine|
| Take-off weight||4613 kg||10170 lb|
| Payload||1500||3307 lb|
| Wingspan||19.81 m||65 ft 0 in|
| Length||13.03 m||43 ft 9 in|
| Height||3.52 m||12 ft 7 in|
| Max. speed||259 km/h||161 mph|
| Ceiling||4875 m||16000 ft|
| Range||1046 km||650 miles|
|Geoffrey Pool, 17.11.2013|
My comment is not about this aircraft, but about the absence of any mention of the Bellanca 14-9l Cruisair, one of which hanging at Charlotte Airport, North Carolina (N1KQ) that used to belong to State Airlines, as it says on the fuselage. This must be a famous aircraft in some way.
|Gene Zutell, 14.10.2013|
In the summer of 2012, I saw a Bellanca Aircruiser in an aircraft museum just a few miles south of Tillamook, Oregon. The museum is housed in an old all wood WWII Navy blimp hanger. Quite a building.
|Al nelson, 16.07.2010|
I work for the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg. We tried for many years to acquire the Bellanca, CF-BTW but the asking price, (about one million), was way beyond our means. I don't know what Jack paid for it but I am sure it was more than we could afford. We tried for several years to get the previous owner to let us have it at a reasonable price but he wanted cash.
By the way, Jack erickson was kind enough to donate some parts (tires, wheels and brakes), for our restoration of CF-AWR.
|j.d. anderson, 16.07.2009|
This aircraft was sold c/w wheels, skies, and floats in the mid 80,s to Ericson of Ericson skycrane in medford oregon and flown from canada to its new home in medford.
Although I complement ericson for having aquired this aircraft, I was disappointed that some real attempt to buy by some canadain museum, as the real history of this aircraft was all canadian as a real bush plane both summer and winter. j.d.anderson
ps I do have pics of the above aircraft in its new hanger
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?