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Known for its exceptional performance, minimal downtime and low cost, the AT-17 (later UC-78) was well suited to withstand the punishments of an advanced military trainer.
The reliable and dependable aircraft was derived from the Cessna T-50. It helped to keep the Cessna Aircraft Company alive in 1939 and found fast acclaim in the post war civilian market.
This low-wing, twin engine, cabin monoplane, Navy designation JRC-1, was constructed with a chrome moly steel tube fuselage, wood and fabric completed the airframe.
Unique features include the electrically actuated, retractable tail wheel and wing trailing edge flaps.
The “Bamboo Bomber” is perhaps best known for its debut in the1940-50’s radio and television adventure series “Sky King,” starring Gloria Winters and Kirby Grant, the pilot and owner of the aircraft.
First Produced: 1940
Powerplant: (2) Jacobs R-755-9
Horsepower: 245 lbs each
Prop: Hamilton C/S
Service Ceiling: 22,000 ft
Cruise: 175 mph
Top Speed: 195 mph
Range: 750 miles
Empty Weight: 3,506 lbs
Gross Weight: 5,700 lbs
Wing Span: 41’11”
Wing Area: 295 sq. ft
Number Built: 5,400 total
Yanks acquired this aircraft in 1991.