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The T-41 Mescalero is a military version of the Cessna 172 that was fitted with a larger engine and variable pitch propeller.

The Mescalero has been used by the United States Air Force and Army as well as the armed forces of various other countries as a pilot training aircraft. In 1964, the US Air Force decided to use the off-the-shelf Cessna 172 as a preliminary flight screener for pilot candidates and ordered 237 T-41As from Cessna. The T-41B is the US Army version.

The T-41B came with a 210 hp Continental IO-360 and a constant-speed propeller. In 1996, the aircraft were further upgraded to the T-41D, which included an upgrade in avionics. In 1993, the US Air Force replaced much of the T-41 fleet with the Slingsby T-3A Firefly for the flight screening role, and for aerobatic training, which was outside the design capabilities of the T-41. Only three T-41s remain at the Air Force Academy in order to support certain academic classes as well as the USAFA Flying Team.

History of the LSFM T-41 Mescalero

This model was used by the United States Army as a primary trainer and liaison aircraft. This was first the C-172E, and was built in 1967. It was converted to the T-41 configuration prior to its donation to the Museum. The aircraft is airworthy.

Quick facts

  • Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft
  • Country: United States
  • Type: single-engine trainer
  • Engine: Continental IO-360-D 210 HP
  • Maximum speed: 144 mph
  • Armament: None
  • Ceiling: 17, 000 feet
  • Range: 626 miles
  • Crew: 2.00
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Wingspan: 36 feet
  • Number built: 255
  • Approximate Fuel Burn: 10 gal/hr

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