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Meetings & Events
Bellanca Airfield Open House
05/25/2019 - 11:00 AM
|Friends of Bellanca Airfield
|Bellanca Airfield And Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Museum
2019 Open House Schedule
|Saturday, May 25th
Saturday, June 8th & 22nd
Saturday, July 13th & 27th
Saturday, Aug 10th & 24th
Saturday, Sept 14th & 28th
Saturday, Oct 12th & 26th From 11 to 3 p.m. Free admission (donations welcome)Rte 273 & Centerpoint Blvd. New Castle, Delaware
1 Mile East of the New Castle Farmers Market (Route 13)
And 1 Mile West From The Old Court House – Next To Amazon
Friends of Bellanca Airfield, Inc. (FoBA), is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the Bellanca airfield and aircraft manufacturing in New Castle, Delaware.
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (or GM) immigrated from Italy in 1911 and continued his passion for aircraft design here in the United States. His aircraft achieved numerous endurance and efficiency records, and his plane Columbia (shown at left) was Charles Lindbergh’s first choice for a Trans-Atlantic crossing. Lindbergh was unable to secure the plane, but 2 weeks after that first Trans-Atlantic flight Columbia was flown non-stop from New York to Berlin (3,911 miles). In 1931, Bellanca’s Miss Veedol was the first plane to fly non-stop across the Pacific from Japan to Washington State (4,500 miles, shown at right).
In 1928, Bellanca and Henry B. duPont built an airfield, aircraft plant, and service hangar in New Castle, Delaware. Located off Route 273 near the Delaware River, the plant produced approximately 3000 aircraft before closing in 1954.
FoBA volunteers are restoring the 1935 Bellanca Airfield service hangar, owned by the Trustees of The New Castle Common. Interested individuals may contact FOBA by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or membership data.