31-40 Senior Pacemaker
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CF-DCH Reynolds-Alberta Museum c. 2006, photo by Ruud Leeuw
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Bellanca, Northwest Industries (under licence)
First flight 1935
Number built ca. 20 + 13 under licence
A Bellanca Senior Pacemaker "LN-ABO" pictured in Northern Norway late 1930s
A Bellanca Senior Pacemaker "LN-ABO" pictured in Northern Norway late 1930s

The Bellanca 31-40 Senior Pacemaker and its derivatives were a family of a six- and eight-seat utility aircraft built in the United States in the late 1930s. They were the final revision of the original late 1920s Wright-Bellanca WB-2 design. The model numbers used by Bellanca in this period reflected the wing area (in this case, 310 square feet) and engine horsepower (400 and up in this series), each divided by ten. Like their predecessors, these were high-wing braced monoplanes with conventional tailwheel undercarriage.

A single Senior Skyrocket was bought by the United States Navy in 1938 for use as a utility transport, designated JE-1. Senior Skyrockets were also built under licence by Northwest Industries in Canada following World War II.

In 2007, a single example remains extant - the first Canadian-built aircraft (registration CF-DCH). It is preserved at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.[1]


Variants


Operators

 United States
 Norway


Specifications (31-55 Senior Skyrocket)

Data from American Planes and Engines for 1939

General characteristics

Performance

References

  1. ^ "Aviation". Reynolds Museum. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 1 December 2019.