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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.
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+
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T-28 Pilot Report by Budd
Aircraft in Focus: T-28 -- Individual aircraft histories and photos.
Air Heritage, Inc. T-28 Restoration
Page -- Beaver Falls, PA, USA.
Boeing Historical Snapshot: T-28 Trojan
C&J Sales -- T-28 aircraft and parts.
Courtesy Aircraft T-28 Profile
-- 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.
Parkzone T-28 Trojan BNF
-- A great-flying radio-controlled model of the T-28.
Photovault: T-28 Trojan -- Numerous T-28 photos.
T-28 Parts -- Parts and information, Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
Storm-Penetrating Aircraft -- Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid
City, SD, USA
Trojan Foundation -- Preserving the history and legacy of the T-28.
T-28 Walk-Around Photos -- Great photos for detail modeling.
Trojan Phlyers -- Race Team and
Airshows, Ft. Worth, Texas, USA.
Warbird Registry: T-28 Trojan -- Registry of known airframes.
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