Used Aircraft Guide

August 2010 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Bellanca Viking - Quirky But Cool

The wood wing Vike is of another age, but it holds its own with the best modern airframes.

In an era when the state-of-the-art aircraft have to be baked in an oven after being laid up in plastic sheets squished together in vacuum bags, itís hard to imagine that a wood and fabric wonder like the Bellanca Viking still exists. But it does. And although there arenít great squadrons of them around, the Viking retains a loyal, almost cultish following. Why? Because thereís nothing quite like it, thatís why. The Vikingís performance isnít stellar, but itís credible with most of its contemporaries, the aircraft handles well with few gotchas and itís so strongly built that owners still delight in showing the famous factory picture of a dozen cheerleaders standing on the wings. "Try that with an aluminum airplane," goes the advertising tag line.

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