Cessna UC-78B Bobcat

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Cessna
Markings
U.S. Navy JRC-1, Naval Air Station Alameda, 1943
Designation
UC-78B
Registration
N66794
Serial Number
42-72157

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