Needing a rugged aircraft with excellent performance for Arctic rescue service, the U.S. Air Force acquired 15 Cessna Model 195 aircraft in 1949. Designated the LC-126, these light utility transport aircraft were identical to the Model 195 except for the paint scheme, interior fittings, emergency escape hatch and radio equipment. Delivered in January 1950, each LC-126 came equipped with an interchangeable set of floats and skis to permit operation from land, snow or water.
Equipped with Edo floats, the LC-126A on display (S/N 49-1949) is marked as it appeared while serving with the 10th Rescue Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, in 1949.
TECHNICAL NOTES: Engine: Jacobs R-755-A2 of 300 hp Maximum speed: 175 mph Range: 852 miles Span: 36 ft. 2 in. Length: 27 ft. 4 in. Height: 8 ft. 4 in. Weight: 3,350 lbs. loaded