The UC-78 is a military
version of the commercial Cessna T-50 light transport. Cessna first
produced the wood and tubular steel, fabric covered T-50 in 1939 for
the civilian market. In 1940, the Air Corps ordered them under the
designation AT-8 as multi-engine advanced trainers.
Thirty-three AT-8s were
built for the Air Corps, and production continued under the designation
AT-17 reflecting a change in equipment and engine types. In 1942, the
AAF adopted the Bobcat as a light personal transport and those
delivered after January 1, 1943 were designated UC-78s. By the end of
WW II, Cessna had produced more than 4,600 Bobcats for the AAF, 67 of
which were transferred to the U.S. Navy as JRC-1s. In addition, 822
Bobcats had been produced for the Royal Canadian Air Force as Crane 1s.
Dubbed the "Bamboo
Bomber" by the pilots who flew them, it was one of the aircraft
featured in the popular television series "Sky King" of the 1940s and
Span: 41 ft. 11 in.
Length: 32 ft. 9 in.
Height: 9 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 5,700 lbs. max.
Engines: Two Jacobs R-755-9s of 245 hp. each
Serial Number: 42-71626
Other Registrations: N43BB, N4403N
Maximum speed: 175 mph.
Cruising speed: 150 mph.
Range: 750 miles
Service Ceiling: 15,000 ft.