Cessna UC-78B 'Bobcat'

  Base model:C-78
  Equivalent to: T-50
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Utility
  See Also:AT-17

  Length: 32' 9" 9.9 m
  Height:9' 11" 3.0 m
  Wingspan: 41' 11" 12.7 m
  Gross Weight: 5,699 lb 2,585 kg
  Max Weight: 5,700 lb 2,585 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Jacobs R-755-9
  Horsepower (each): 245

  Range: 750 miles 1,207 km
  Cruise Speed: 150 mph 241 km/h 130 kt
  Max Speed: 175 mph 281 km/h 151 kt
  Ceiling: 15,000 ft 4,571 m

Known serial numbers
42-39158 / 42-39346, 42-71465 / 42-72104, 43-7854 / 43-8180, 43-32113 / 43-32762

Examples of this type may be found at
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

UC-78B on display

Travis Air Force Museum

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Troy Smith
 Wichita, KS
The first time the UC-78 was pointed out to me was by my Grandfather. We were at the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, sometime in the mid '90's. I found my Grandfather staring up at this plane. He wanted to know what it was because he thought it was the type of plane he built during the war. After some digging we found out it was the plane. He told me how he would commute between Hutchinson and the Cessna plant in Wichita, KS everyday with a bunch of men and he helped build this plane. He was very happy to see it and I'm glad I was there to share the experience with him.
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09/14/2012 @ 18:27 [ref: 67226]
 Warsaw, OTH
During my last September trip via North-Western States I found Bobcat 42-71507 (such number is on the tail) in WAAAM, Hood River, OR. It looks very good.
Second one (N5239?, derelict, in parts, mainly without fabric, prepared for rebuiling) is in Airspace Museum of CA, Sacramento.
Unfortunately, on thier sites you will not find any information about these aircraft, but... I did not find any information here also?
10/17/2009 @ 06:49 [ref: 25194]
 Troy Smith
 Wichita, KS
My Grandfather told me how he built these planes during the war. He would commute from Hutchinson to Wichita with several others. My Grandparents came to visit us at Keesler AFB, MS and we took them to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL. My grandfather found an airplane hanging that he was sure a Cessna Bobcat/Bamboo Bomber. After looking around we found the information plate and it was one of his planes. The trip to the Museum was well worth the ride over for him. He was excited to see the plane he helped build. They have it identified as JRC-1, http://collections.naval.aviation.museum/emuwebdoncoms/pages/doncoms/Display.php?irn=16014905&QueryPage=%2FDtlQuery.php
06/18/2009 @ 08:18 [ref: 24247]
 Larry Brososky
 Fort Wayne IN, IN
I have a wing flap and vertical stabilize from a Bamboo Bomber.The only Numbers left on the stabilize are 3 and 6. Starting with 3 and ending in 6.The fabric is missing on the back part along with the numbers between 3 and 6.The numbers on the flap are "AA-42-3180D3-31805PD1-14106PDZ-MFG-7-28-42.........Both pieces are complete and in nice cindition for being kicked around for 60 years.Is there any way to find out the number of the plane it came off of.I'm a retired 71 year old pilot.
08/17/2008 @ 07:45 [ref: 22476]
 John Peck
 Sacramento, CA
The Aerospace Museum of California is restoring, for display, a Bobcat and we need some photographs of the interior. All help in obtaining some would be much appreiated.
02/18/2008 @ 19:58 [ref: 19719]
 Bill Bingham
 , CA
The last time I saw a Bamboo Bomber was at Quartz Hill airstrip near Palmdale, CA. This was around 1959, and the airframe was complete. No covering or propellers, but the Jacobs engines were there. All control surface linkage worked as did the engine controls. Minor fire damage to some of the wood. I believe the data plate said T50. As a kid, I sat in the cockpit and pretended to be flying.

Returned to the strip in about 1975. The T50 was gone, though the strip was still in operation. Should have asked about it.

I understand there is one under restoration at Yank's Museum in Chino, CA.

01/10/2008 @ 19:03 [ref: 19223]
 , MD
I took the video of Fred Huddles FAA in Ohio a Check ride and it was a day to remember he is the Best Pilot I have ever had the priviledge to fly with. That Plane is incredible and the sound is unforgetable.
04/21/2007 @ 18:47 [ref: 16260]
 Ollie Urbigkeit
 Aurora, CO
28 January 2007

I'm building a one/third scale T-50 and want to finish it in
Olive Drab and Grey belly.

Any out there know of who to contact relative to color schemes.

Thanks for the help,

01/28/2007 @ 10:09 [ref: 15324]


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