T-41 Mescalero earned an Honorable Mention in the Nonfiction History category of the Military Writers Society of America 2011 Book Awards.
"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. This volume contains personal stories, vivid descriptions, and more than a little humor -- but it also provides specifications and serials that have never previously been assembled in one place." --from the Foreword by Robert F. Dorr (author of Air Combat)
In 2006, the ubiquitous Cessna Model 172 Skyhawk turned 50, with a seldom-heralded military record almost as long. Now, for the first time, the Skyhawk's military history is revealed in all its depth and breadth, covering its use by the armed forces of 54 countries. Cessna delivered 867 T-41 Mescaleros (the military version of the 172) in four distinct models to countries around the world -- plus another 158 off-the-shelf 172s, with many still serving into the 21st century. T-41 Mescalero captures this extensive history in print, complete with stories and photographs from around the world.
The roster of countries whose armed force fly, or have flown, the 172 reads like a list of United Nations members -- from the US to Latin America's Venezuela, Africa's Angola to Asia's Vietnam, and Europe's Austria to the Middle East's United Arab Emirates. T-41s and military 172s have spanned the globe to provide outstanding and cost-effective service for almost five decades.
More Cessna 172s have been produced than any other aircraft model in history. Doubtless more pilots have had their initial aviation indoctrination in the Cessna 172 than in any other aircraft. Wth new 172s still rolling off the assembly lines, its remarkable story will continue. With many armed forces still operating 172s and T-41s, its military story is far from closed.
Filled with operational stories, little-known applications, and 194 photos (80% in full color), T-41 Mescalero explains how, why, and when this stalwart Cessna has fulfilled its varied military roles!
Walt Shiel started school on Guam during the Korean War, graduated from high school in France during the Vietnam War, and has had four distinct careers: Air Force pilot, telecommunications engineer, defense industry engineer, and full-time writer. As an engineer, he worked on the B-2, F-22, F-35, and F-16 programs. He has written military aviation history books, historical novels, eclectic short stories, dozens of published magazine articles, and two monthly aviation columns. He and his child bride have been married for 44+ years and now live in the back woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula surrounded by deer, wolves, bears, and a plethora of smaller critters.
Jan Forsgren was born in Sweden and attended his first airshow at the age of five, beginning a lifelong interest in aviation. He has worked as an archivist for various Swedish government institutions and as an English teacher and translator in Thailand. He has written articles for magazines and websites and is the author of several books.
Mike Little is the author of two books and several articles for Air Forces Monthly, The Reserve & National Guard, Kungfu Qigong and Latin American Aviation Historical Society and China-Defense websites. He has flown 4400 hours as a USAF navigator. Mr. Little works for the Air Force as a human resources specialist and holds an M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Air Fan magazine, Nov 2007:
Traitant de chaque variante et de tous les utilisateurs, proposant en sus une sélection de pages tirées due manuel technique, cette étude est la meilleure sur le sujet. (Treating every variant and all operators, with a selection of drawings from the technical manuals, this book is the best on this subject.)
Military Writers Society of America
This book has 180+ pages. Even though I had flown the airplane, I learned a lot about the training techniques and philosophy of the training. Seeing the training from the instructor's point of view was very interesting. This is the definitive book on the T-41. I can highly recommend it.
A universal guide to an extremely versatile and workhorse aircraft, a story that richly deserves telling. -- Dan Hagedorn (author of Latin American Air Wars, 1912-1969)
This long overdue tribute to the Cessna T-41 Mescalero is well researched, well written and beautifully illustrated. -- Walter J. Boyne, author and historian
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