No. 8435. Cessna T-50 Crane Mk.I (N1238N c/n 1632) Commemorative Air Force
Photographed at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, August 2008, by Bill Coffman

Cessna T-50 Crane Mk.I

12/31/2008. Wearing an USAAF livery and the fake tail code 11632 to represent an UC-78 Bobcat of the early WW II era, this aircraft never served with the USAAF. It was produced in 1941 for the RCAF as a Crane Mk.I, being delivered on November 20, 1941 with s/n 8139, it served with No. 3 Service Flying Training School at Calgary, Alberta till 26 September 1944. Subsequently it was placed in storage at No. 3 Satellite Equipment Holding Unit at Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Transferred to the Canadian War Assets on October 1, 1946, it was sold to A.J. Leeward of Montreal, Quebec on July 2, 1947. On May 5, 1948, it was sold to Fred Farrington of Seattle, Washington, and only 33 days later (June 7) the aircraft was sold to H.E. Olsen of Kirkland, and it appeared on the civil registry for the first time as N1238N on September 29 (and still is as of this day).

George Harte, owner of Harte Flying Service of Wichita, Kansas bought the aircraft on March 31, 1953, after his death the aircraft was acquired by J.M. Paige of Fort Worth, Texas on May 25, 1979. It was sold to the Confederate AF (CAF, presently known as Commemorative AF) on December 10, 1979. On September 5, 1991 the aircraft was reregistered to the CAF American Airpower Heritage Museum in Midland, Texas.

Created December 31, 2008