The Cessna UC-78 Bobcat , known affectionately as the "Bamboo Bomber" because of its wooden construction, was well known as a multi-engine trainer of WWII. Many bomber pilots saw training on this aircraft before going off and training to fly B-17s or B-24s. After WWII, many UC-78s became popular civilian aircraft and were used by some commuter airlines in fledgeling stages.
The Collings Foundation's UC-78 was restored in the late 90's as a Navy JRC-1 by Bill Stookey. It won a 1998 Grand Champion Warbird award at Oshkosh for its fine restoration. It was brought to the Collings Foundation in October of 2001.
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