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Cessna CRANE

The Cessna T-50 Crane, or Bobcat as it was known in US service, was a light twin engine trainer procured in large numbers by both the RCAF and the US military during World War II. The aircraft was conventional for the period featuring a low cantilever wing. The aircraft featured a mixed material construction with the wings and tail being of wood and the fuselage being of welded steel tube. The skin featured a combination of lightweight wood and fabric. The retractable tail wheel and trailing edge flaps were electrically equipped. The type supplemented the Avro Anson in the BCATP service.

The Crane provided valuable multi-engine training throughout the war. The vast majority of the Cranes were retired at the end of war. A few lingered on in light communication duties.

aircraft specifications
CDN Reg:
US/NATO Reg.: T-50
Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Corporation
Crew / Passengers: two pilots with provisions for 3 passengers
Power Plant(s): two 245 hp Jacobs R-755-9 radial engines
Performance: Max Speed: 195 mph ( 314 km/h) Cruising Speed: 175 mph ( 282 km/h) Service Ceiling: 22,000 ft (6,705 m) Range: 750 mi ( 1,207 km)
Weights: Empty: 3,500 lb ( 1,588 kg) Gross: 5,700 lb ( 2,585 kg)
Dimensions: Span: 41 ft 11 in ( 12.78 m) Length: 32 ft 9 in ( 9.98 m) Height: 9 ft 11 in (3.02 m) Wing Area: 295 sq ft ( 27.41 sq m)
Armament: None
The diminutive Cessna Crane in RCAF BCATP colours (CF Photo)

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