Operation: Central and Eastern
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
Fuel Capacity: 180 gallons
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
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
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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