Published May 29, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- Cessna T-41A Mescalero at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Cessna T-41A Mescalero in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The T-41 trainer was a standard Cessna Model 172 light general aviation aircraft purchased "off-the-shelf" by the U.S. Air Force for preliminary flight screening of Air Force pilot candidates. The USAF ordered 170 T-41As in 1964, and an additional 34 in 1967. Most went into service at various civilian contract flight schools, each located near one of Air Training Command's Undergradute Pilot Training bases. In 1968 and 1969 the USAF Academy acquired 52 T-41Cs with more powerful engines for cadet flight training.
The T-41 on display was flown to the museum in April 1993.
Maximum speed: 139 mph
Range: 720 miles
Service ceiling: 13,100 ft.
Span: 35 ft. 10 in.
Length: 26 ft. 11 in.
Height: 8 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 2,300 lbs. loaded
Serial number: 65-5251
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)