|The Cessna T-41 (C-172) Mescalero (Replica)|
|The T-41 is basically the same as the Cessna Model 172. In the early 1960's, the U.S. Air Force and Army bought the aircraft from Cessna practically off the shelf. They were used as pilot trainers and for installation support duties. Approximately 500 T-41's were used by the military. Today a hand full are still used in aero clubs at military bases and military accademies.|
| The Museum's T-41 (C-172) is serial number 51720 (N7720U) and had its maiden flight on June 16th, 1964. It was then delivered to a flight school in Chicago where it stayed until 1975. At that time it was sold and flew to Long Beach, Ca. The last time it flew was in 1995, when the owner could no longer fly. It then sat dormant for many years, until it was purchased by Dave Barron in May 2004. the aircraft had only 2,176 flight hours.
In need of some repair, Dave got the plane flyable and flew it to French Valley Airport. Later that year, he officially loaned the aircraft to the museum to add to its growing collection.
The Museum completely restored the interior, replacing all the worn fabrics including the seats, replaced the windows, upgraded the radios and electronics, performed engine maintenance including a new carburetor, and added a brand new prop.
Its first flight after restoration was scheduled for April 28th, 2005 and on that day it took to the skies, flew perfectly and landed without a defect. The aircraft was then re-painted to represent the Army T-41.
|Dave works on the T-41. First flight engine start. Ready for take-off!|
| Coming for a landing. Great flight! Perfect landing!
Next the plane will be painted and it will be ready to greet the public.
|Shayne applies primer,,then color.... Scott helps un-mask.|
|What a difference! Paula and Dave take her out for a flight!|
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