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The Cessna AT-17 Bobcat
was a twin-engined advanced trainer aircraft
designed and made in the United States
, and used during World War II
to bridge the gap between single-engine trainers and twin-engine combat aircraft. The AT-17 was powered by two Jacobs R-755
-9 radial piston engines
. The commercial version was the Model T-50
, from which the AT-17 was developed.
Design and development
was a military version of the commercial Cessna T-50
light transport. The Cessna
Airplane Company first produced the wood and tubular steel, fabric-covered T-50 in 1939 for the civilian market, as a lightweight and low cost twin for personal use where larger aircraft such as the Beech 18
would be too expensive. A low-wing cantilever monoplane
, it featured retractable main landing gear
and wing trailing-edge flaps
, both electrically actuated. The wing structure was built up of laminated spruce spar beams with spruce and plywood ribs. The fixed tailwheel
is non-steerable and full-swivelling
. The prototype T-50 made its maiden flight on 26 March 1939.
In 1940, the United States Army Air Corps ordered them under the designation AT-8
as multi-engine advanced trainers.
Thirty-three AT-8s were built for the U.S. Army Air Corps, and production continued under the... Read More