- Delivered: Oct 11, 1943
- Oct 11, 1943 – Accepted by the USAAF
- Oct 12, 1943 – Transferred to US Navy VJ-9, later VJ-12 San Diego, CA
- Stricken: Oct 31, 1945
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 the 1940-50’s radio and television adventure series “Sky King,” starring Gloria Winters and Kirby Grant, the pilot and owner of the aircraft.
Yanks acquired this aircraft in 1991.