Aug/Sept 2017 answer: Cessna T-50 Bobcat (AT-17, UC-78, Bamboo Bomber)

Rapid-fire facts

  • All-weather interceptor
  • Primary users: U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard
  • First flight: April 16, 1949
  • Number built: 855


  • Wingspan: 42ft 5" (12.9m)
  • Length: 44ft 6" (13.6m)
  • Height: 14ft 11" (4.5m)
  • Max. speed: 640mph (1,030km/h)
  • Engine: Pratt & Whitney J48-P-5 turbojet

Aug/Sept 2017 winner

Jim Garrett, Vice President of Operations, REBTECH, Bedford, Texas

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

I started in the business of avionics/autopilot repair in 1966.

How did you become interested in aircraft?

My father was a bomber pilot in WWII flying the B-29, B-17, and B-25. He kept a strong interest in everything aviation, and passed it on to me.

What is your favorite aircraft?

B-25. I really like the look of sheer power (especially head-on), and it was my dad’s favorite airplane to fly. The history of the aircraft in WWII, from the Doolittle Raid onward, is impressive.


George Macri

Quality Engineer The Boeing Co. New Orleans, Louisiana

Bruce Olson

Owner Resource Engineering & Machine Osceola, Wisconsin

submission procedure:

To enter the contest, visit and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify.

The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is January 26, 2018. Winners will be announced in the March 2018 issue.

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