The Bobcat Airboat

Photo Credit: Bill Fike Collection/Patricia Howell via Lars Opland & Michael McMurtrey


Cessna s/n 4872. USAAF s/n 43-7352. One of 574 aircraft built to Specification 225, per Contract W535ac28713 Supplement #2, July 30,1942. Date of manufacture January 5, 1943.

Assigned to 2nd Operational Training Unit, AAF Air Training Command, Homestead AAF, FL. Involved in a landing accident, location unknown, on January 19, 1944.
Assigned to 1103rd Base Unit, Caribbean Division, Army Air Force Air Training Command, Morrison Army Air Field, FL. May 16, 1945.

Transferred to Reconstruction Finance Corporation for disposal at Chapman Field, Miami, FL. Airworthiness Certificate issued July 14, 1945,(710:00 Total Time).

Sold to Southeastern Air Service, Atlanta, GA, by Reconstruction Finance Corporation-Atlanta ($8,500.00) & ferry permit issued(Miami, FL – Atlanta, GA), July 15, 1945. Civil conversion completed on July 30, 1945. Registered NC55155 on January 8, 1945. Ferry permit issued (Athens, GA – Atlanta, GA, & return) on March 8, 1945.

Sold to John D. Bower Jr., Bainbridge, GA on September 14, 1945.
Major overhaul, both engines, January 17, 1946. Partial re-cover/refinish, April 11, 1946.
Sold to Bainbridge Air Service, Bainbridge, GA on December 12, 1946.
Sold to Durham’s Inc., Bainbridge, GA on July 10, 1947. Last recorded annual inspection, November 11, 1947.

Sold to A. R. Ferguson, Kotzebue, AK, June 28, 1948.
Sold to C. T. Buchanan, Kotzebue, AK on June 14, 1955.
Sold to E. B. Joiner, Kotzebue, AK on July 25, 1955. Copies of all
available records requested for re-licensing on September 17, 1955.
Sold to B & R Tug & Barge, Inc., Kotzebue, AK on October 10, 1962.
Registration cancelled on May 25, 1965, aircraft reported as scrapped.

But rather than being scrapped, it would seem to have been adapted for re- use by B & R Tug & Barge.

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