Missing Bamboo Bomber Found in Cornfield

** Cessna UC-78 (Photo by David Miller via Wikipedia)**

A Cessna T-50 Bobcat, also known as the Bamboo Bomber, that went missing more than a week ago, on Labor Day, has been found in a cornfield in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The wreckage was so badly burned that the investigators could not ascertain how many people were aboard the vintage twin-engine taildragger, but it is believed to have carried two people.

While the coroner will have to use dental records to confirm the names of the people killed in the crash, several accounts indicate they were Elaine and Thomas Huf of Kingsley, Pennsylvania. The couple, reportedly owners of a Bamboo Bomber, had been reported as missing a few days ago.

A webpost by Ladies Love Taildraggers, an organization that Elaine Huf was a part of, stated that "they were flying to their farm strip PS50 when the T-50 went down in a thunderstorm just three miles from their field." Witnesses that spoke with local news stations also indicated that there were thunderstorms in the area at the time of the crash. The NTSB is investigating.

The Bamboo Bomber was produced in the thousands by Cessna in the 1940s. It was used as a light transport aircraft in civilian and military markets. The airplane became famous as a part of the popular 50s television series Sky King. A few hundred T-50s still remain in the FAA registry, though it is uncertain how many of those are still in airworthy condition.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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