Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War, Cessna Crane

Canadian Military Aircraft of the Second World War, Cessna Crane

Data current to 28 Dec 2018.

The Cessna T-50 Crane was the RCAF version of the Cessna AT-17 Bobcat, a twin-engined advanced trainer designed and made in the USA during the Second World War.  It served to bridge the gap between single-engined trainers and twin-engined combat aircraft.  The AT-17 was powered by two Jacobs R-755-9 radial reciprocating engines.

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk. I (644), (Serial Nos. 1300, 4000, 7657-7836, 7843-8202, 8651-8750, 9000, 9500), Mk. IA (100), (Serial Nos. 8751-8850), Mk. IA (82), (Serial Nos. FJ200-39, 48-89), for a total of 826 aircraft in service with the RCAF from 1941 to 1949.

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 8807), 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650440)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), 22 Feb 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581732)

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), 22 Feb 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643681)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), ca 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3241750)

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk. I, cockpit, 1 Sep 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642482)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), Rockcliffe, 12 Sep 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 36581886)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), rear view, 12 Sep 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581889)

Cessna Crane Mk. IA, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), rear view, 12 Sep 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581887

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 7658), 22 Feb 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581731)

 (Author Photos)

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk. IA (Serial No. 7862), C/N 1355, C-FFGF.  Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario.