Bellanca CH-300 'Pacemaker'

  Base model:CH-300
  Basic role:Commercial Transport

  Length: 27' 10" 8.5 m
  Height:8' 2" 2.5 m
  Wingspan: 46' 2" 14.1 m
  Wingarea: 273.4 sq ft 25.4 sq m
  Empty Weight: 2,270 lb 1,032 kg
  Gross Weight: 4,063 lb 1,842 kg
  Max Weight: 4,063 lb 1,847 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Wright J-6-9
  Horsepower (each): 300

  Max Speed: 139 mph 225 km/h 121 kt
  Climb: 1,098 ft/min 335 m/min
  Ceiling: 18,007 ft 5,490 m

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On June 18, 1932, Steponas (Stephen) Darius and Stasys (Stanley) Girënas purchased a Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker aircraft, serial No. 137, registration No. Nc-688 E from Pal-Waukee Company for 3200 US dollars. Since 1929, 40 units of this model were built. It was a single-engine, six-seat, high-wing monoplane. The fuselage was welded chrome-poly steel tubing, and covered with fabric. The interior of the cabin was covered with a sound-absorbing material. The fuselage had side and top windows, with doors on both sides. The wings were of wooden construction, with two spars, also fabric covered. The spars and ribs were made of spruce strips and plywood. The wings had two gasoline tanks with a total capacity of 88 US gallons (333 L). Wing struts were 2/3 wood, 1/3 steel (at the wings) with aero-dynamic steel ribs, fabric covered, giving an additional 47 ft² (4.4 m²) lifting surface. Tail surfaces were made of welded steel tubing; the horizontal stabilizer of spruce strips and plywood, with the trim-angle made adjustable in flight. The landing gear was a curved steel bar with rubber rope suspension. Wheels 30 × 5 inches (762 by 127 mm). The engine was a Wright J6, radial, air cooled, 9 cylinders, 300 hp (225 kW). Money for plane was raised from numerous Lithuanian clubs and organizations to finance their operation.[1]

On January 20, 1933, the aircraft was moved to E.M. Laird workshops, then located at 5321 W. 65th St. in the Clearing Industrial District, Chicago, where she was rebuilt and made suitable for the transatlantic flight. New, elongated wings were built, with two additional gasoline tanks installed in the fuselage, having 220 and 185 US gallon capacity, each tank equipped with emergency dump valves; in the cabin, under the pilot's seat a 25 US gallon oil tank was outfitted with 12 cooling tubes. A longer, new horizontal stabilizer was built; aero-dynamic wheel pants were installed; the fuselage received a new fabric covering. A new, higher compression engine, 365 hp (272 kW) Wright Whirlwind J6-9E, ser. No. 12733, had a "speed ring". On March 29, 1933, the rebuilding of the aircraft was completed, and the registration number was changed to NR-688E. The aircraft was painted an orange color. On both sides of the fuselage scrolls with the names of the flight-sponsors were painted. The aircraft was given the name "Lituanica" (the word for Lithuania in Latin).After taking off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York on July 15, 1933, 6:24 AM EDT, Darius and Girënas in their Lituanica successfully crossed the Atlantic, only to perish on July 17, 0:36 AM (Berlin Time) by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin, Germany (now Pszczelnik, Myslibórz area, Poland).( 52°51'11.57"N 14°50'17.78"E ) The planned route was: New York - Newfoundland - Atlantic Ocean - Ireland - London - Amsterdam - Swinemünde - Königsberg - Kaunas (a total of 7,186 km). Due to weather conditions over Ireland, they changed course to the north and reached Germany via Scotland and the North Sea. In 37 hours and 11 minutes, until the moment of the crash, they had flown 6411 km (over 7000 km in actual flight path), only 650 km short of their goal — Kaunas. In photo red color airplane is LITUANICA,replica made V.Kensgaila.(Info-WIKIPEDIA)

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