Welcome to the BigSkyStearman
Website! We have a great record, with more than 30
years experience providing the Stearman owner/operator with services to repair his wooden
wings by using owner produced parts and FAA/PMA parts. We are a
source for aircraft-quality Douglas Fir wing spars. Expert dual
instruction and ferry services are available. Come check it out today!
Bomber" Cessna UC78 / T-50
Sky’s Latest Adventure: a “Bamboo
of the most intriguing small multi-engine
airplanes that were produced in
great numbers is the Cessna T 50
Bobcat. It incorporates the “look” that
a vintage radial multi-engine aircraft
should have. It has a pugnacious
little nose with a serious greenhouse
cockpit office behind it. Twin,
fire-breathing Jacobs 245 HP radial
engines mounted on a clean lower
wing and fuselage with a retractable
landing gear tail-dragger stance.
It has a roomy, 5-person cabin
offering a comfortable ride at
a breathtaking 140 mph.
Cessna built the first
examples before WWII as
a business/feeder airline
aircraft. As WWII absorbed general aviation, many hundreds were produced
as a multi-engine trainer for future bomber pilots. The airplane earned
the nickname “Bamboo Bomber” because of its one piece, 42’ wooden
wing. Its military designation was UC 78 known also as the “useless
78” because of its limited performance and application.
After WWII hundreds of examples were sold for surplus to civilian owners.
Because of its size most would not be hangared; the elements quickly
reduced the population. At this time, there are very few airworthy examples.
Big Sky has acquired a derelict “Bamboo Bomber” with
the intentions of replacing the wooden components of the aircraft. Our
specialty has been the restoration of wooden winged aircrafts.
The Cessna T 50’s 42’ wooden wing is just about the
ultimate challenge for the “little guy” shop.
We have begun the repair of
ailerons, flaps and empennage components
for a customer and will be building
new components for our aircraft,
serial # 1122, an early 1940 RCAF
If other owners of derelict T 50’s are interested in following
our progress or having us help them with their owner produced wooden
wings, please feel free to communicate. One thing is for sure, though,
there will no longer be any “cheap” Bamboo Bombers!