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United States' Cessna AT-8 Crane, Cessna AT-17 / UC-78 Bobcat trainer

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Cessna T-50 Crane trainer:
United States' Cessna T-50 Crane trainer
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Cessna T-50 Crane trainer:
United States' Cessna T-50 Crane trainer
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

The Cessna Bobcat was based on a civilian version of the Cessna Model T-50.

Production

  • Cessna AT-8: 33
  • Cessna AT-17: 450
  • Cessna AT-17A: 223
  • Cessna AT-17B: 466
  • Cessna AT-17C: 60
  • Cessna AT-17D: 131
  • Cessna UC-78: 1,287
  • Cessna UC-78B: 1,806
  • Cessna UC-78C: 327
  • Cessna JRC-1: 67
  • Total Cessna UC-78 series: >3,000
  • Total: 4,850
    • Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company

Variants

  • Cessna T-50: Cessna's designation.
  • Cessna AT-8: Army trainer.
  • Cessna AT-17: Had wooden propellars.
  • Cessna AT-17A: Had metal propellars.
  • Cessna UC-78:
  • Cessna UC-78B: Wooden propellars.
  • Cessna UC-78C: Wooden propellars.

Usage

The UC-78 Bobcat was used until 1949.

Canada

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) received 550 via lend lease and named them Crane IA.

Specifications

  Cessna
Type  
Crew  
Passenger  
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 41' 11"
12.77 m
Length 32' 9"
9.98 m
Height 9' 11"
3.02 m
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 3,500 - 4,050 lb
1,588 - 1,837 kg
Loaded 5,300 - 5,700 lb
2,404 - 2,585 kg
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  Cessna AT-8
Type Trainer
Crew  
Passenger  
Engine (Type) 2: Jacobs L4MB
2: Lycoming R-680-9
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling  
HP 225 each, 295 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 41' 11"
Length 32' 9"
Height 9' 11"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,100 lb
Performance  
Speed 195 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 750 miles
Armament  
  Cessna AT-17
Type Advanced trainer, Trainer
Crew 1 - 2
Passenger 4
Engine (Type) 2: Jacobs R-755-9
Cylinders Radial 7
Cooling Air
HP 245 each
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 41' 11"
Length 32' 9"
Height 9' 11"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,300 lb
Performance  
Speed 195 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 22,000'
Range 750 miles
Armament None
  Cessna UC-78 Bobcat
Type Light transport
Crew  
Passenger 4 - 5
Engine (Type) 2: Jacobs R-755-9
Cylinders Radial 7
Cooling  
HP 245 each
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed 195 mph
314 kph
Cruising speed 175 mph
281 kph
Climb 1,325'/minute
404 m/minute
Service ceiling 22,000'
6,705 m
Range 750 miles
1,207 km
Armament  

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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