Photo by Max
Haynes - MaxAir2Air.com
History: When the
United States Air Force set out to replace its aging T-6 Texan
trainers, North American was hired to complete the task. What they presented was the Model
NA-159 piston-engine trainer; a design that was so successful that it was
responsible for gaining a contract for two XT-28 prototypes.
After an evaluation of these prototypes and an initial flight on September 26, 1949, the
Air Force was so impressed that it ordered production to begin on the newly designated T-28A.
The Trojan, as it became known, had a frameless
canopy and a Wright R-1300 engine that, when combined, gave it a top speed that often
exceeded 280 mph. First orders of 266 planes in 1950 eventually grew to 1,194. After it
became evident that the Air Force had found a very successful design, the United Sates
Navy and Marine Corps adopted it as well. Two years later, 489 standardized versions (T-28Bs)
were ordered by the Navy, mainly differing from the T-28A in its use of the more-powerful
Wright R-1820-86 engine. Following this, 299 T-28Cs were
produced, which were fitted with an arrester gear for carrier-deck landing training.
In 1962, North American began supplying T-28Ds
for the counter-insurgency role. Six underwing hard-points were added in order for the
aircraft to accept a variety of weapons. The T-28 saw action in both Southeast Asia and
North Africa. The attack trainer version of the T-28D was called the AT-28D.
France's Sud-Aviation converted over 240 T-28Ds into Fennecs
and used them as replacements for their Algerian-based T-6s. Fennecs performed admirably
in the close-support, reconnaissance and patrol roles.
The T-28's service career, though long, was finally
ended by the introduction of the T-34 turboprop trainer, but the T-28 lives on as one of the most popular
piston-powered warbirds in the USA, as well as several other countries. [History by Kimberly Workman]
Engine: One 1,425-hp Wright Cyclone R-1820-86 radial piston engine
Weight: Empty 6,424 lbs., Max
Takeoff 8,500 lbs.
Wing Span: 40 ft. 1 in.
Length: 33 ft. 0 in.
Height: 12 ft. 8 in.
Number Built: ~2232
Number Still Airworthy: 150+
T-28 Pilot Report by Budd
Air Heritage, Inc. T-28 Restoration
Page -- Beaver Falls, PA, USA.
Bob and Tom Jackson's T-28
Trojan Home Page -- Mostly photos of N14124, "Binary Beauty.")
C&J Sales -- T-28 aircraft and parts.
Courtesy Aircraft T-28 Page
-- History and information about private ownership.
Kiwi Aircraft Images' T-28
Page -- T-28 images from down under.
MaxAir2Air.com T-28 Profile -- T-28 photo feature.
Norman Crocker's T-28
Site -- Information about the T-28 in Vietnam.
North American Trainer Association
-- Owner/operator organization.
T-28 Parts -- Parts and information, Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
T-28.com -- Information from a T-28 owner.
T-28C N28CQ -- History, photos and
links about a T-28 in San Diego, California.
Military Photo Archive
Storm-Penetrating Aircraft -- Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid City, South
Dakota, USA [Additional
Trojan Foundation -- Preserving the history and legacy of the T-28.
The Trojan Farm
-- T-28 projects for sale.
Trojan Phlyers -- Race Team and
Airshows, Ft. Worth, Texas, USA.
War Eagles Air Museum's
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