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Old 08-22-2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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Wop May's Bellanca

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During the hunt for the "mad trapper" during the early 30's, Wop May used CF-AKI, a Bellanca 300. Does anyone know what the colour scheme was? I have two different written accounts, one saying it was a bright red and the other saying it had a black fuse with a orange wings. The only pictures I have are black and white. There was probably never a colour picture.
Anyone know which scheme was correct?
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:19 AM   #2
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Have you looked at this photo?

There's a photo here, but I don't know if it is b/w or colour.

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Hi Lorne, you have a Bellanca. Post pictures I want to see it!
I have no idea if this helps but I just finished the book. Great Bear a journey remembered, by F Watt. This guy was a prospector who flew in several of Wop May's planes It has one photo of 3 Bellanca's on the ice and it titled "1929 air mail flight: The Red Armada at Fort Resolution"
It is to dark to read any registrations, and there were other airlines operating there so it's not conclusive, but it suggests they were red.
Who had the air mail contract for northern Alberta and the north in 1929?
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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Hello Dave. Wop May had the mail contract from Edmonton to Aklavik.
I have seen several references to a red Bellance, which sounds reasonable because I think they were delivered from the factory in red.
Just once I have seen a reference to May's orange/black Bellanca. Maybe the oil stains were mistaken for black?
I have black and white photos of CF-AKI and I can see no colour distinction, so I think a good bet would be that it is all red. Austin airways used a Bellanca and it also was all red.
I have started building a 10 foot Bellanca from plans by Jerry Bates.
I am basically starting to glue the mess together.
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