T-41 Mescalero Walk Around
The subject of these photos is probably a little obscure, but there have been a couple of T-41 models from Minicraft, PM, and others. My wife was a military instructor pilot who was assigned from 1986 to 1990 at Hondo Airfield just west of San Antonio, Texas. This was the home of the US Air Force Flight Screening Program at the time. The purpose of this program was to take zero flight time (or very low flight time) pilot candidates & determine if they had the academic and flight aptitude to succeed in Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training. The idea was to eliminate candidates who could not function in a high pressure environment using a training platform whose hourly cost was a fraction of what jet hours cost. After about 15 hours of flying time in a T-41, it was possible to determine if a student pilot could function in an aircraft, as well as if they had a tendency to air sickness. The T-41, essentially a Cessna 172, flew low, slow, and made for a very bumpy ride. The flight program at the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs used the T-41 also. The T-41 was replaced by the Slingsby T-3A Firefly, which was then replaced by the Diamond DA20. I understand the Air Force Academy still uses a few of the T-41s. When I went through Flight Screening at Hondo in 1976, I was a First Lieutenant coming from a unit that operated Tactical Surveillance Radar. I had no flight military flight time when I went, in fact, I had never even been a passenger in an airliner. As advertised, it was extremely challenging, but was a good preview for my year flying jets in pilot training.