Role Cabin monoplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Wright-Bellanca[1]
Designer Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
First flight September 1925
Number built 1

The Wright-Bellanca WB-1 was designed by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca for the Wright Aeronautical corporation for use in record-breaking flights.[2]


The WB-1 was a high-winged monoplane with conventional landing gear and all-wood construction. The landing gear fairings were constructed to extend into wheel pants.[3][4]

Operational history

The WB-1 was demonstrated at the 1925 Pulitzer Prize Air Races in New York. In the first day's flights, the WB-1 clocked in 121.8 mph in a closed course race. On day two, the WB-1 won, in a payload versus hp and speed efficiency contest, beating a Curtiss Oriole and Sikorsky S-31. In 1926, pilot Fred Becker crashed the overloaded aircraft in a world-record endurance attempt. The aircraft cartwheeled and broke up on a landing attempt.[5][6]

Specifications (WB-1)

Data from ,[7] Aerofiles[8]

General characteristics


See also

Related development


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  2. ^ Jackson, Joe (30 April 2013). Atlantic fever : Lindbergh, his competitors, and the race to cross the Atlantic (First Picadorition ed.). Picador. p. 127. ISBN 978-1250033307.
  3. ^ "Part 1". Pilot. 13: 35.
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  6. ^ Spenser, Jay P. (17 June 1982). Bellanca C.F. : the emergence of the cabin monoplane in the United States. Published for the National Air and Space Museum by the Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0874748819.
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