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New Castle in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of Bellanca Airfield

 
 
Site of Bellanca Airfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 22, 2008
1. Site of Bellanca Airfield Marker
Inscription. An airfield, aircraft plant, and service hangar were built here in 1928 by Giuseppe Mario Bellanca and Henry B. duPont. An aviation pioneer, Bellanca immigrated from Italy in 1912. His plane Columbia was Charles Lindbergh's choice for a Trans-Atlantic crossing, but he was unable to secure its use. Two weeks after Lindbergh's flight Columbia was flown non-stop to Berlin, a world record 3,911 miles. Bellanca's Miss Veedol flew the first Trans-Pacific flight in 1931. Over the years his planes established numerous records for altitude, endurance, and speed. Between 1928 and 1954, approximately 3,000 aircraft were produced here.
 
Erected 2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-134.)
 
Location. 39° 39.866′ N, 75° 35.196′ W. Marker is in New Castle, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Delaware Route 273 0.2 miles west of Delaware Route 141, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Castle DE 19720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penn Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); The River Road (approx. one mile away); Booker T. Washington School No. 109C
Bellanca Airfield Hangar image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, November 22, 2008
2. Bellanca Airfield Hangar
(approx. 1.1 miles away); New Castle United Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic Museum (approx. 1.2 miles away); Van Dyke House (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Green or Market Plaine (approx. 1.2 miles away); New Castle Court House 1732 (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Castle.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ballenca website. (Submitted on December 5, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. The Giuseppe M. Bellanca Collection - National Air and Space Museum. (Submitted on December 5, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
3. Abandoned and Little Known Airfields - Delaware. (Submitted on November 22, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Sign on Hangar image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 22, 2008
3. Sign on Hangar
Delaware's Golden Age of Aviation
1928 - 1954
Bellanca Aircruiser Built Here 1930-1938
Bellanca Airfield
Bellanca Airfield Hangar image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 22, 2008
4. Bellanca Airfield Hangar
Hangar being restored.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,443 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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