Used Aircraft Guide


Bellanca Viking

Outstanding craftsmanship is evident in this throwback to an earlier era, but beware dry rot in the wooden wings.

[IMGCAP(1)] The Bellanca Viking is one of general aviationís split personalities: a powerful four-place retractable that has great handling and superb built-in craftsmanship, but on the other hand is an antiquated design thatís cramped, noisy, short-ranged and not very fast.

On top of that, the fuselage is fabric-covered and the wing is made of wood. That means maintenance by properly qualified individuals, who are getting to be as rare as henís teeth.

But Viking prices are low on the used-plane market, so you can get a lot of airplane for your dollar if youíre willing to put up with its idiosyncrasiesóand to vigilantly guard against dry rot in the wing, which has triggered several fat...

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