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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-50.1,2

Production

  • Cessna AT-8: 331
  • Cessna AT-17: 4501
  • Cessna AT-17A: 2231,2
  • Cessna AT-17B: 4661,2
  • Cessna AT-17C: 601,2
  • Cessna AT-17D: 1311
  • Cessna UC-78: 1,2871
  • Cessna UC-78B: 1,8061
  • Cessna UC-78C: 3271
  • Cessna JRC-1: 671
  • Total Cessna UC-78 series: >3,0002
  • Total: 4,8501
    • Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company2

Variants

  • Cessna T-50: Cessna's designation.3
  • Cessna AT-8: Army trainer.3
  • Cessna AT-17: Had wooden propellars.1
  • Cessna AT-17A: Had metal propellars.1,2
  • Cessna UC-78:
  • Cessna UC-78B: Wooden propellars.1
  • Cessna UC-78C: Wooden propellars.1

Usage

The UC-78 Bobcat was used until 1949.2

Canada

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) received 550 via lend lease and named them Crane IA.1

Specifications

  Cessna
Type  
Crew  
Passenger  
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 41' 11"1
12.77 m1
Length 32' 9"1
9.98 m1
Height 9' 11"1
3.02 m1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 3,500 - 4,050 lb1
1,588 - 1,837 kg1
Loaded 5,300 - 5,700 lb1
2,404 - 2,585 kg1
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  Cessna AT-8
Type Trainer3
Crew  
Passenger  
Engine (Type) 2: Jacobs L4MB3
2: Lycoming R-680-91
Cylinders Radial 91
Cooling  
HP 225 each3, 295 each1
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 41' 11" 3
Length 32' 9"3
Height 9' 11"3
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,100 lb3
Performance  
Speed 195 mph3
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 750 miles3
Armament  
  Cessna AT-17
Type Advanced trainer1, Trainer2
Crew 1 - 22
Passenger 42
Engine (Type) 2: Jacobs R-755-91,2
Cylinders Radial 71,2
Cooling Air2
HP 245 each1,2
Propeller blades 31
Dimensions  
Span 41' 11"2
Length 32' 9"2
Height 9' 11"2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,300 lb2
Performance  
Speed 195 mph2
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 22,000'2
Range 750 miles2
Armament None2
  Cessna UC-78 Bobcat
Type Light transport1
Crew  
Passenger 4 - 51
Engine (Type) 2: Jacobs R-755-91
Cylinders Radial 71
Cooling  
HP 245 each1
Propeller blades 31
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed 195 mph1
314 kph1
Cruising speed 175 mph1
281 kph1
Climb 1,325'/minute1
404 m/minute1
Service ceiling 22,000'1
6,705 m1
Range 750 miles1
1,207 km1
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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