Cessna UC-78B (JRC-1) Bobcat

A picture of the 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 JRC-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.

Wingspan

41 ft 11 in.

Length

32 ft 9 in.

Height

9 ft 11 in.

Weight

5,700 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

195 MPH

Service Ceiling

22,000 ft

Range

750 miles

Engines

Two Jacobs R-775-9 radial engines with 245 horsepower each

Crew

2 with 3 passengers

Manufacturer
Cessna

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

Designation
UC-78B

Registration
N66794

Serial Number
42-39162

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