Cessna's first twin-engined lightplane, built and flown in 1939, was a five-seat commercial transport that was typical for its day. Designated the T-50 by Cessna, the aircraft caught the attention of both the Canadian and U.S. Air Forces (USAAC then), with the potential to serve as a trainer for pilots converting from single-engined to twin-engined types. 550 were supplied to Canada (as the Crane 1A) under Lend-Lease, and 33 examples were ordered by the USAAC for service evaluation. The initial production version for the U.S. was designated the AT-17, and approximately 1149 examples were made in several versions. 1287 additional aircraft were ordered in a liason/communication and light personnel version, this being designated the UC-78 Bobcat. Over 2400 UC-78s were made in various versions. In 1942-43 the U.S. Navy also procurred 67 UC-78s for their own use, and these were designated JRC-1s.Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
Cessna UC-78 Bobcat
Type: trainer/light transport Crew: 2-5 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 32' 9" (9.98 m) Height: 9' 11" (3.02 m) Wingspan: 41' 11" (12.78 m) Wing area: 295 sq. ft (27.41 sq. m) Empty Weight: 3500 lb (1588 kg) Max Weight: 5700 lb (2585 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Jacobs R-775-9 radial Horsepower: 245 hp each Performance: Range: 750 miles (1207 km) Cruise Speed: 175 mph ( 282 km/h) Max Speed: 195 mph ( 314 km/h) Ceiling: 22,000 ft (6705 m)
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