BOBCAT
BOBCAT

Manufacturer

CESSNA

Markings:

U.S. Navy JRC-1, Naval Air Station Alameda, 1943

Designation:

UC-78B

Registration:

N66794

Serial Number:

42-39162

CESSNA UC-78B BOBCAT

Cessna introduced the Model T-50 twin engine, five-seat transport to the civil market in 1939. A year later the Army Air Force ordered a small number for testing as trainers for multi-engine pilots and designated them AT-8 and with a different engine as AT-17. The same year it was selected as a trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force and named Crane. In 1942, the Army selected the T-50 for use as a light transport with the designation UC-78 while the Navy operated them as the JRS-1. The name Bobcat was selected in a contest run by Cessna in their factory while in Army service it got the nickname Bamboo Bomber for its wooden construction. Cessna built a total of 5,399 aircraft of the type for civil and military use.
 

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 41 ft 11 in
  • Length: 32 ft 9 in
  • Height: 9 ft 11 in
  • Weight: 5,700 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 200 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 22,000 ft
  • Range: 750 miles
  • Engines: 2 Jacobs R-775-9 radial engines with 245 horsepower each
  • Crew: 2 with 3 passengers