Bellanca YO-50


The Bellanca YO-50 was a United States prototype observation aircraft, built for the United States Army in 1940. Typical for aircraft of its type, it was a high-wing braced monoplane with fixed tailwheel undercarriage and extensive cabin glazing. Its inverted "V" engine made it resemble its German equivalent, the Fieseler Storch.

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Role Army observation aircraft
Manufacturer Bellanca
First flight 1940
Number built 3

Three examples were purchased for evaluation against the Stinson YO-49 and Ryan YO-51 Dragonfly. The Stinson won the production contract, and no further YO-50s were built.


Data from Plane Facts: Bellanca's "Storch"[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
  • Wingspan: 55 ft 6 in (16.92 m)
  • Gross weight: 3,887 lb (1,763 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ranger V-770-1 air-cooled inverted V12 engine, 420 hp (310 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 126 mph (203 km/h, 109 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 105 mph (169 km/h, 91 kn)

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era


  1. ^ Air International July 1981, p. 32.
  • "Plane Facts: Bellanca's "Storch"". Air International. Vol. 21, no. 1. July 1981. p. 32. ISSN 0306-5634.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 150.