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The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a very popular plane, so popular in fact, the United States Air Force found it to be worthy of a model for a training aircraft. The T-41A Mescalero is the military version of the Cessna 172, which was introduced in 1964. Just a year later, one particular model was bought by the USAF. This type A T-41 has flown its course all over the nation. It started serving at Laughlin AFB in Texas, and then moved to Hondo just before being retired for the use in the Civil Air Patrol. In the late 1990ís, the Highlands Sheriffís Department snagged it up, and highly decorated the plane with all of their decals. Around 2016, it caught the eye of the Carlin family. Which in fact, are active members of the Polk County Composite Squadron. Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Carlinís father flies for Jet Blue, and stays involved with his local squadron. Although this plane may have worn out its time, there are many other 172ís in service and production for the Civil Air Patrol specifically. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk stands as CAPís most popular plane in service, and has a variety of purposes from running emergency services missions to training cadets to get their private pilotís license. Donít underestimate the power, and reliability of this single engine propeller plane.