Bellanca CH-200 Pacemaker


The Bellanca CH-200 Pacemaker was a six-seat, high-wing, single-engine utility aircraft built in the United States in the 1920s. It was a development of the Wright WB-2 that Bellanca had acquired the rights to in 1926 and was the first Bellanca-branded aircraft to gain a type certificate. The CH-200 was used in a number of pioneering long-distance flights and attempts on distance and endurance records.

CH-200 Pacemaker
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Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Bellanca
Designer Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
First flight 1928
Developed from Wright-Bellanca WB-2

Operational historyEdit

Bellanca CH-200 NX4484 Reliance

At the 1928 Los Angeles Air Races, a CH-200 piloted by Victor Dallin took second place in the speed trials (average of 104.65 mph (168.42 km/h)) and won the efficiency trials. The same year, Lt Royal Thomas set a world endurance record of 35 hours 25 minutes in the Reliance (NX4484).

Colonel Hubert Julian set another record in Bellanca J-2 Special NR782W (s/n 1101), a modified CH-200 re-engined with a Packard DR-980 diesel engine in which he stayed aloft for 84 hours and 32 minutes, a record for diesels which has never been broken.

Between 11 December 1928 and 25 June 1929, Peruvian aviators Carlos Martínez de Pinillos and Carlos Zegarra Lanfranco flew a CH-200 named Perú on a tour of Latin America. During that time, they covered 20,635 km (12,822 mi) in 157 hours 55 minutes of total flight, visiting 13 countries and 25 cities.


General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: five passengers
  • Length: 27 ft 9 in (8.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 4 in (14.1 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-5 radial , 220 hp (164 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 126 mph (203 km/h, 109 kn)
  • Range: 800 mi (1,290 km, 700 nmi)

See alsoEdit

Related development


  • Taylor, Michael J. H., ed. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 149.