Hangar to share in "Save America's
Treasures" Federal Grants
January 13, 2005
New Castle, DE -
For Preservation, Aviation & History Enthusiasts
Friends of Bellanca Airfield &
The Trustees of The New Castle Common
New Castle's Bellanca Airfield Hangar to share in "Save America's
Treasures" Federal Grants, the innovative federal partnership
Funds that assure preservation of the U.S.' irreplaceable and
endangered buildings and collections.
The old Air Service Hangar, Bellanca Airfield
Rte 273, New Castle, DE 19720 has been given a significant
Announcing the grant were Senators
Joseph Biden and Tom Carper at a special reception and press conference at the
hangar on Thursday, January 13th.
We all feel very confident in approaching our restoration campaign after hearing
the good news that New Castle's Bellanca Airfield Hangar will share in "Save
America's Treasures" Federal Grants.
We had a reception on Thursday. Friends of Bellanca are very pleased to report
we had over 175 guests attending, in good part to see and hear Senators’ Joseph
Biden and Tom Carper announce the grant award.
Maj. Gen. Vavala-DNG, Col. Pray-DAFB, CAP officals, as well as other State,
County, and City officials and local townspeople attended and enjoyed the event.
The great turnout is indeed an indicator of the popularity and enthusiasm for
this restoration project of the last remaining relic of Bellanca Aircraft
Corporation and Bellanca Airfield.
Local Group to Restore Bellanca Field
New Castle, DE - A classic circa 1935 hangar,
the last remaining structure of the Bellanca Airfield in New Castle, DE is
located on route 273 at Centerpoint Boulevard and is owned by the Trustees of
the New Castle Common. A concerned group, Friends of Bellanca Airfield,, Inc.
has been formed to preserve the original Bellanca Field hangar.
volunteer group, composed of individuals with background and knowledge of local
history, aviation or architecture, is working in close cooperation with the
Trustees and is pursuing readaptive uses for the structure.
Wilmington preservation consultants and members of the Society of Industrial
Archeology recently conducted a Structural Analysis of the hangar and concluded
it is in very good structural condition. This report will provide valuable data
for discussions with potential groups interested in the utilization of the
Friends of Bellanca Airfield, stated that the group expect to complete pending
studies regarding costs of restoration and adaptive uses soon, and will be
actively pursuing membership and funding drives.
Interested individuals may contact FOBA by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
or membership data.
Download a membership application here:
Historical Marker Dedicated at Bellanca AIRField Site
New Castle, DE - On October 9, 2003,
The Friends of Bellanca and an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers and supporters
assembled to dedicate a new state historical marker celebrating the history of
Bellanca Field and the
anniversary of its opening. On that day in 1928, a crowd of 30,000 people
and more than 100 civilian and military aircraft joined in the festivities to
welcome Bellanca and his company to Delaware.