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Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Kane (Commander 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif 1999-2001 currently Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill) and Dr. Gary Leiser (Curator Travis Heritage Center) dedicating the Cessna AT-17 exhibit.

Cessna AT-17 Exhibit - Dedication by Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Kane
Cessna AT-17 Exhibit - Dedication by Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Kane

Inter War Years

The Inter War Years covers the history of during the period between World War I and World War II. The exhibits show the evolution of aircraft from biplane to monoplane designs and fabric covered to metal skinned aircraft.

Topics such as Flights Over the Grand Canyon, Billy Mitchell’s Bombers, and a fully restored Cessna AT-17 Bobcat give a revealing glimpse into this era.

“Spirit of St. Louis”

Spirit of St. Louis
Spirit of St. Louis

Picture of the Spirit of St. Louis airplane on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Taken on May 22nd 2004 by Jawed Karim. The airplane is suspended from the ceiling above the main entrance.

The “Spirit of St. Louis” was a custom airplane used by Charles Lindbergh to make the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight on May 20 and May 21, 1927.

Cessna AT-17 Bobcat

Cessna AT-17 “Bobcat”
Cessna AT-17 “Bobcat”

In 1939, the United States Army Air Corps published specifications for a light twin engine trainer. Cessna responded with its commercial model T-50. This design was accepted by the Army Air Corps as the advance trainer AT-8. Later, in the early part of the war, upgraded engines were added on the production line. These models were designated AT-17's. Our "Bobcat" is the AT-17 navigator trainer version.

Our "Bobcat" is the AT-17 navigator trainer version
AT-17 Navigator Trainer

Video narration by Dr. David G. Styles, PhD
Video produced by Kim Bolan

The "Bobcat" has a tubular steel frame fuselage and a wooden wing. Both are covered with dope and fabric. This earned the AT-17 the nickname of the "Bamboo Bomber." Over 3,000 examples of the AT-17 were built for the Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy.


  • Wing Span - 41'11
  • Length - 32'9"
  • Height - 9'11"
  • Maximum Speed - 195 M.P.H. at Sea Level
  • Service Ceiling - 22,000
  • Ft. Range - 869 Miles
  • Crew/Passengers - 1 or 2 crew, 4 passengers
  • Engines - 2 x 245 H.P. Jacobs R-775-9 radial engines



History of Travis AFB








Basic Trainers
   BT-13 “Valiant”
   T-37 Simulator
   F-100 Cockpit Trainer








Early Years
   Wright Brothers








World War I
   94th Aero Squadron
   Stars and Stripes








Inter War Years
   Spirit of St. Louis
   Cessna AT-17 Bobcat








World War II
   Flying Tigers
   “The Hump”
   Piper L-4 “Grasshopper”
   CG-4 Combat Glider
   Tuskegee Airmen
   Doolittle Raid
   “Fat Man” Nuclear Bomb








Cold War
   Berlin Airlift
   The “Candy Bomber”
   Candy Bomber Honored








Korean War
   Korean War Gallery
   Korean War: “In Field”
   Korean War: “On Base”
   Korean War Stories
   Truman’s Secret Visit
   Flying Cheetahs
   Rescue Mission
   SAC Air Crews
   Travis Crash
   Operation Starlift








Vietnam War
   Vietnam Exhibit
   The Nurses
   Bringing Them Home
   Operation Homecoming








Modern Flight
   Strategic Airlift
   C-141 “Starlifter”
   Lockheed C-5 “Galaxy”
   Aerial Refueling








Space Exploration
   Aerojet General XLR73
   Mercury Spacecraft
   Project Gemini








Humanitarian Missions
   Stinson L-5 “Sentinel”
   EMEDS Unit
   Operation Babylift








   AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile
   PB4Y-2 Bow Turret
   Engine: R-2600-13
   Nose Art
   Military Coins
   Military Uniform Collection












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