Bellanca 1969 The Bellanca Viking is the low price “hot rod” of the general aviation fleet with 300.
This Viking was donated to us (Wings of Hope Inc.) in October 2016 and ferried to our airport, KSUS (Chesterfield, MO), in November 2016. That was the last time it has flown. We kept it hangered under a shade-port during that time. The logs indicate it has lived across the country; Arizona, Michigan, New England, Pennsylvania and most recently in South Carolina. We removed the battery, when it was donated, in order to preclude corrosion issues (a battery is not included in the sale). Due to IRS donation rules, we could not sell it for 36 months. The aircraft only has 1,950 hours Total Time on the Airframe. The last annual inspection was performed in 2015. The exterior appears to be original but does still have some shine to the finish. The wing wood appears and sounds to be in good shape though an inspection by a Bellanca-knowledgeable person has not been performed by us. There are some cracks in the paint finish and one small area on the tail had a large paint crack that we patched to make it airworthy. The interior is original green vinyl and fabric and is in fair to good condition. Installed avionics include an Apollo GPS (VFR only), Narco Mk-12D Nav/Com, Narco 890 Com, Bendix T12-C ADF, Century II auto-pilot and Sigtronics Intercom. There is no audio panel. This Viking does have the wing root fairings, main landing gear doors, ski tube extension (behind the baggage compartment), and aux tanks (holds 72 gallons total).
The engine has 1,950 hours Total Time and only 444 hours since overhaul (overhaul done in 1984). The McCauley propeller has 1,059 hours total time and only 444 since its overhaul, also in 1984. We started the engine recently and immediately shut it down when we discovered that the fuel pump was leaking. We did a “cold” compression check and found the cylinders had GREAT compression at: #1 70, #2 74, #3 74, #4 76, #5 74, #6 72. We also borescoped the cylinders to provide prospective buyers their internal condition.
We have all the logbooks. Here’s the link to the scans of the logbooks, the aircraft’s Specs, and it’s Logbook history and cylinder borescopes: here >
Damage History and Known Squawks:
In 1969 (first year of ownership), there is a log entry for replacement of the Nose Gear structure assembly, lower cowling and patching 3 sections of the wing (2 in left wing, 5.5’ from root and 7’ in from landing light and on the right wing 9’ from root). Then in 1970, there is a log entry to repair the left hand leading edge (landing light on out). No other damage history noted in logs.
Squawks during Ferry Flight: Severe water leak at top of windshield above pilot’s right knee (during moderate rain shower), the windshield, pilot/co-pilot side windows are crazed, lots of air leaks around entry door, spring lever on oil access door is in-operative, and the #2 Comm radio stand-by hundreds & tens digits do not illuminate.
Known Squawks since Ferry: Annual inspection is 4 years out of date, fuel pump leaking, bird’s nest caught fire during an engine run-up (some cosmetic scorching but there does appear to be some wiring impacted, between engine and firewall).
Auction Rules: Because of the work required to return this aircraft to airworthy condition, and our limited volunteer maintenance staff, we are selling it “As Is, Where Is”, with NO warranty expressed or implied. Remember, when you are making a bid, YOU ARE ACCEPTING and AGREEING TO A CONTRACT TO BUY! We have made our best attempt to reflect accurate information, but all information is SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY THE BUYER .
Any Pre-Buy Inspections MUST be accomplished before the auction ends.
Payment Terms: A $1,000 non-fundable deposit (PayPal or Credit Card) must be received within 48 hours of Auction end. Balance (via Wire Transfer) within 10 days of Auction end. If these terms are not met, we will move on to other bidders.
Wings of Hope is the largest humanitarian aviation charity in the world and the only one staffed primarily by volunteers. Purchasing this aircraft will support our mission of changing and saving lives through the power of aviation. In the U.S., Wings of Hope provides medical air transport services – free of charge – to those who need specialized care. The organization provide similar support to poor communities in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
Aircraft Pickup: The winning bidder is responsible for preparing the aircraft for ground transport or performing work to make the aircraft airworthy. In either case, we will allow the winning bidder to keep the airplane on our ramp, for no cost, for only up to 30 days after the auction end. After that, the owner will be charged $100/month. Arrangements might be able to be made to relocate the plane across to the Spirit of St Louis Airport ramp for longer term tie-down at lower cost, or a shade-port at higher cost.
Please direct any question to Mike Piccirilli, Wings of Hope Inc, @ 314-705-9250.
Current date: 2019-10-04