Cessna T-41A Mescalero 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. TECHNICAL NOTES: 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 Click here to return to the Cold War Gallery.