““T-41 Mescalero” tells a long-overdue story. Few realize the extent of the rich military history behind the 50-year-old Cessna 172 and its military cousin the T-41. Now, for the first time anywhere, this rich history is captured in print, complete with stories and photographs from around the...”see full review » see other reviews »
““T-41 Mescalero” tells a long-overdue story. Few realize the extent of the rich military history behind the 50-year-old Cessna 172 and its military cousin the T-41. Now, for the first time anywhere, this rich history is captured in print, complete with stories and photographs from around the world.
Far more than just a listing of models and quantities sold to the 70 military operators of the ubiquitous Cessna 172, “T-41 Mescalero” includes training and operational tales of derring-do from military pilots around the world. How about the rocket pods tested by the Irish Air Corps? Or the target towing system evaluated by Sweden? Illustrated with 194 photos (80% in color), the result is entertaining and educational.
“T-41 Mescalero” includes the most complete listing ever assembled of the 867 T-41s and 158 other Cessna 172s flown by 54 countries -- grouped by model, region, and country -- with current status or known disposition for most of them. This book is destined to become a standard reference for historians, model makes, pilots, and others for whom the Cessna 172 still defines general aviation.
"Walt Shiel, Jan Forsgren and Mike Little have covered the story of the T-41 Mescalero, and other military 172s, in a wide-reaching and exciting way that paves new ground for the pilot, the aviation buff, and the historian" - from the Foreword by Robert F. Dorr (author, “Air Combat”)
"This book is a must for everyone who has everyone who has ever flown a Cessna -- or wished they had." -Walter J. Boyne (author & historian)
"The authors of this obvious labor of love have provided readers with a universal guide to an extremely versatile and work-horse aircraft that richly deserves telling" -Dan Hagedorn (author, “Latin American Air Wars, 1912-1969”)
"It takes an intimate familiarity and a deep love of the subject to create a book as good as this one! This long overdue tribute to the Cessna T-41 Mescalero is well-researched, well-written and beautifully illustrated." -Walter J. Boyne (author & historian)
"Treating every variant and all operators, with a selection of drawings from the technical manuals, this book is the best on this subject." - Air Fan magazine”