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.
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
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