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MesajSubiect: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Joi 16 Iun 2011, 11:05

Interesting article in the latest Air Britain Archive magazine on this aircraft.

YR-AHA(2) Barkley-Grow T8P-1 c/n 2 ex NX2093
Sold by Barkely-Grow to Alexandru Papană (c/o Romanian Legation, Washington DC) 12-May-38; “Trăiască Regele”; buzzed the White House 04-Jul-38; damaged on landing at Norwalk 19-Jul-38; ground-looped on take-off from Miami, Fl. 18-Oct-38 en route to Recife, Brasil and delivery to Romania; delivery abandoned and sold to Miranda Brothers (New York) 03-Apr-39; to N2093 (later OB-GGK)

I can scan the article for anyone interested.

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MesajSubiect: Re: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Joi 16 Iun 2011, 13:48

It is indeed interesting! It would be great if you can scan it, and i'm sure i'm not the only one interested.
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MesajSubiect: Re: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Joi 16 Iun 2011, 14:37

I've put the three pages onto my website temporarily.

Page 1 at http://www.thai-aviation.net/files/YR-AHA_Barley-Grow_article_pp1.pdf

Page 2 at http://www.thai-aviation.net/files/YR-AHA_Barley-Grow_article_pp2.pdf

Page 3 at http://www.thai-aviation.net/files/YR-AHA_Barley-Grow_article_pp3.pdf

I'll leave them there for 2-3 weeks.

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MesajSubiect: Re: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Joi 16 Iun 2011, 16:29

Thank you so much Steve! This is a great part of Romanian Aviation History i never knew about... too bad that plane had such bad luck. I must confess i never even heard of it until now, or about Papana's low passes over the white house (mad man Smile ). It would have been interesting for Papana to complete the flight over the Atlantic.
Thanks again, and if you find or have more stuff like this do share Smile
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MesajSubiect: Re: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Joi 16 Iun 2011, 16:30

YR-AHA was previously Papana's Bellanca. I've found this:-

Alex Papana, a renowned Rumanian acrobatic pilot who performed at air shows with the German-built Jungmeister, wanted a fast, single-seat airplane for his personal use. Once again, it was Giuseppi Bellanca who was approached to build the airplane. Meetings with Papana concluded the airplane would be a single-seat, three-engined monoplane with retractable landing gear and cantilever wing. The two outboard engines were 250 hp supercharged inverted Menascos and the center engine was a 420 hp supercharged V-12 Ranger. All three engines were equipped with controllable-pitch propellers.

The airplane was registered in Rumania as YR-AHA and test flown by Papana from the Bellanca Airfield in New Castle, Delaware, USA in 1937. Alex Papana was a superb acrobatic pilot who could put his Jungmeister through any acrobatic maneuver of the day with precision. However, he did not have a history of flying fast, supercharged airplanes with controllable pitch propellers. On his first test flight from Bellanca Airfield, he over-boosted the engines and overshot the runway on landing. Fortunately, the airplane was not damaged, except for burned-out engines.

Art Chester was flown in from the Menasco factory, and he overhauled the engines at the Bellanca factory. The incident caused a flap between Bellanca and Papana which caused the latter to cancel the order. Giuseppe Bellanca harbored deep feelings about his airplanes. If a pilot abused a Bellanca, and Giuseppe heard about it, it was a certainty the pilot would hear from him.

Giuseppe Bellanca then decided to prepare the airplane for the 1938 Bendix cross-country air race and reregistered the airplane in the USA as NX2433. Although off to an excellent start, pilot Frank Cordova was forced to land in Cleveland, Ohio with a burnt-out Menasco. The engine was so badly damaged it had to be removed from the airplane and weights installed to balance the airplane. Cordon flew the airplane back to Delaware on the two remaining engines for repair.

By 1939, the airplane was ready for another attempt at winning the coveted Bendix cross-country event. Art Bussy piloted the Bellanca racer to a second place victory behind a new military Seversky fighter The Seversky was the first in a series of military fighters which would evolve into the mighty P-47 Thunderbolt used in WWII. Bussy flew from Los Angeles, California to Cleveland in 8 hours and 21 minutes averaging 244.486 mph (393.4621 kmh). After refueling in Cleveland, Bussy flew on to New York, New York, to finish. Second place prize money was a mere $5,800, which barely paid the operating costs for the race.

After this historic flight, the Bellanca racer was stored in a hangar on Bellanca Airfield and never raced again. It was reported in a 1968 issue of Sport Flying that the airplane was sold to the Argentine Government. This is the only information uncovered concerning the fate of this remarkable airplane.
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MesajSubiect: Bellanca YR-AHA   Vin 17 Iun 2011, 10:20

More on the Bellanca YR-AHA

YR-AHA(1) Bellanca 28-92 c/n 903
mfg Sep-37; R1937 to Alexandru Papană; Papană overboosted & burnt out the engines on a test flight from New Castle, De., and the order was cancelled; registered NX2433 09-Aug-38 (to expire 15-Feb-39) to be flown by Frank Cordova in 1938 Bendix Air Race (but did not compete due to engine problems); registered NX2433 22-Aug-39 (to expire 01-Mar-40) to be flown by Art Bussy in 1939 Bendix Air Race & came 2nd; later sold to International Aircraft Trading Co., Inc. (New York) 22-Oct-41 & then to the Ecuadorean Air Force; still extant at Salinas, Ecuador 1944/45

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MesajSubiect: Re: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Vin 17 Iun 2011, 11:10

And a photo of the Bellanca at http://www.aviation-history.com/bellanca/28-92-2.htm
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MesajSubiect: Re: Barkley-Grow T8P-1 YR-AHA   Vin 17 Iun 2011, 11:33

What a beauty! I understand now why Mr. Bellanca was so passionate about his planes.
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