Aircraft Corp. of New Castle, Del., produced a series of
aircraft known for innovation, utility and efficiency. The
CH-400 Skyrocket is an excellent example. Powered by a 450 hp
Pratt and Whitney WASP Jr. radial engine, this aircraft
featured some of the standard Bellanca traits, airfoil shaped
struts and an airfoil contoured fuselage, which added extra
lift, resulting in a higher payload. Almost all examples of
this aircraft were destroyed while performing their missions.
This Skyrocket was originally a CH-300 Pacemaker, powered by
a 300 hp Wright J-6 radial engine. After salvaging it off an
Alaskan glacier in 1962, it was restored with the 450 Pratt &
Whitney and painted to represent the Columbia in which
Clarence Chamberlin and Charles Levine made a trans-Atlantic
flight from New York to Eisleben, Germany, on June 4, 1927,
only days after Lindbergh arrived in Paris. It is interesting
to note that Lindbergh originally sought to acquire a WB-2
(an earlier version of this Bellanca with a Wright J-5 radial
engine) for his attempt to cross the Atlantic. This offer was
turned down, forcing him to have a special plane built by
Ryan Aircraft, the now famous Spirit of St. Louis.
10 place seating capacity.
Manufactured in 1946, original serial #03.
time 5010 hours (as of May, 1972).
Powerplant was 600 HP P&W R1340.