UC-78, 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.
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.
It is available for airshows and events on the
East Coast for the 2008 season and beyond.