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Home Base: LaGrange, GA
Operation: Central and Eastern USA
Model: T-28C
Wing Span:
41' 0"
Length: 33' 0"
Height: 13' 0"
Max Speed: 340 mph
Gross Weight: 8,500 lbs
Power Plant: Wright Cyclone R-1820-86
Horsepower: 1,420
Fuel Capacity: 180 gallons
Armament: none

Dan Serrato's North American T-28C Trojan

Dan Serrato
is the owner and operator of this North American T-28C Trojan (BuNo 138187), which is available for airshows, flybys and film.

Dan's T-28C was the proto-type "C" model, built in 1954, and the FIRST to land on the carrier USS Tarawa was November 1955.

With the advent  of jet aviation, higher powered training aircraft were needed to train new pilots. After WWII, North American Aviation began to develop the next generation, high performance, advanced trainer to replace the T-6 Texan. The T-28 Trojan entered production in 1950. There were three versions of this trainer aircraft that were initially produced by NAA. The Air Force version (T-28A) was powered by an 800 hp engine. The Navy and Marine Corps version (T-28B) was powered by a 1,425 hp engine. The T-28C was created with the larger engine and a tailhook to allow it to be used for carrier training. When production ended in 1957, a total of 1,948 of the three versions had been built.

Given its high performance and durability, the T-28 was also pressed into service as an attack plane. In 1959, Sud Aviation in France purchased several hundred surplus "A" models for upgrade. Once the larger R-1830 engine and weapons carriage was added, these aircraft were used in Algeria during the early 1960s.

Beginning in 1962, the Air Force began modifying T-28A's into T-28D Nomad tactical fighter-bombers. The T-28D had the larger engine and other modifications. The T-28D proved to be very effective in counter-insurgency warfare and close air support in the Vietnam war, and was used by both U.S. forces and the South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF).

The T-28 was used by the various branches of the U.S. Military from 1950 into the 1970's and last saw service in 1984 at NAS Corpus Cristi.

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