Bellanca Aircruiser Photo Gallery
    The Bellanca C-27 Airbus/Aircruiser was built as a workhorse for use as a passenger or cargo aircraft. It served as both commercial and military transport. The final version of the Aircruiser could carry a useful load greater than its empty weight. First flight 1930. In all 23 aircraft were built.

    The civilian designation of the Airbus was P-200 or P-200A if it was on floats. The C-27 designation was given to the versions operated by the Army. The C-27 shown in the USAAC markings was the Y1C-27, which had a large cargo door that other later C- 27's did not have.

    The Aircruiser in USN markings is most interesting. If you look closely, you'll see plexiglass windows around the top of the fuselage. So, you may have stumbled upon a photo of the proposed 1932 USN Scout version of the Airbus, the Bellanca SE, which the Navy tested briefly in 1932, but did not accept.

    There was also a P.300 version with an uprated engine.

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Posted June 25, 2023.