DescriptionThe Bellanca Viking and Super Viking are a series of single-engine, four-seat, high performance, retractable gear aircraft manufactured in the USA during the 1960s and 1970s.
The aircraft developed through modifications of classic designs by the aviation pioneer Giuseppe Bellanca. A total of 1,356 Vikings have been produced with most production between 1968 and 1975 (1019 planes).
The Viking is a derivative of the Bellanca Cruisair, a retractable gear taildragger with two extra vertical fins on the tips of the horizontal stabilizer. The 14-13 Cruisair series was developed into the larger, more powerful 14-19 Cruisemaster in the early 1950s. After the original Bellanca company went out of business, Downer Aircraft took over the type certificate and built the 14-19-2 Cruisemaster by mating the airframe with a Continental O-470 of 230 hp. In 1958, Downer redesigned the airplane with a nosewheel and fuel injected IO-470 of 260 hp, and redesignated it the 260. The 14-19-3 260 retained the wire-braced triple tail into the 1962 model year. After that year the triple tail design was modified to a single tail with the same aggregate surface area, and manufactured as the Model 260A. The later Vikings retain the oversized vertical fin that contributes to the distinctive flying characteristics of the aircraft. The Viking model was born out of discussions at Downer for a bigger version of the "Model 260" with at least 300 horsepower. The company was based in Minnesota and employed skilled craftsman who manufactured the wing from spruce and the new 300 hp model was named the "Viking" in respect to the many Scandinavians of the area.
Specifications below are for the 1976 17-30A Super Viking 300A model.
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- Crew: 1 Capacity: 3 passengers
- 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
- 34 ft 2 in (10.41 m)
- 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
- Wing Area:
- 161.5 sq ft (15.00 sq m)
- Empty Weight:
- 2,217 lb (1,006 kg)
- 3,325 lb (1,508 kg)
- Fuel Capacity:
- 60 US gal (50 imp gal; 230 L) usable fuel (normal), 75 US gal (62 imp gal; 280 L) with auxiliary tanks
- 1 × Continental IO-520-K air-cooled flat-six engine, 300 hp (220 kW)
- 226 mph (364 km/h, 196 kn) (IAS),
- Cruise Speed:
- 188 mph (303 km/h, 163 kn) (TAS, 75% power, max. cruise)
- Stall Speed:
- 70 mph (110 km/h, 61 kn) (wheels and flaps down, CAS)
- 923 mi (1,485 km, 802 nmi) (max. fuel)
- Takeoff Dist.:
- to 50 ft (15 m): 1,420 ft (433 m)
- Landing Dist.:
- from 50 ft (15 m): 1,340 ft (408 m)
- Rate of Climb:
- 1,170 ft/min (5.9 m/s)
- Service Ceiling:
- 17,000 ft (5,200 m)