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
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
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”
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.
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