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
UC-78B on display
Travis Air Force Museum
United States Air Force Museum
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09/14/2012 @ 18:27 [ref: 67226]
| 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|
| 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|
| 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|
| 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]
| 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|
| 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]
| Barry Ervin|
| I got my first airplane ride in a "Bamboo Bomber" back in the early '60s. It was based at the (long-gone now) Old Star airport in Langhorne, PA. My buddy and I were about 14 and used to hang out at the airport; one day my Dad paid for a ride for us. We were thrilled to see that we were going to go up in the "Sky King" plane. I'll never forget the thrill of it (or the huge cloud of smoke when the engines were started!). |
11/26/2006 @ 18:54 [ref: 14855]
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