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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.