T-28 Trojan

T-28A "CHECKMATE"

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 32 ft
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 7 in
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1300 radial piston engine
  • 800 hp
  • Maximum speed: 343 mph
  • Rated cruise speed: 180 mph
  • Range: 1,000 mi
  • Service ceiling: 25, 200 ft

HISTORY

Designed to replace the World War II era T-6 trainer, the T-28 possessed higher performance than its forerunner and was easier to maintain.

The first T-28 flew in September 1949, and the T-28A entered production in 1950. An 800- hp engine powered the U.S. Air Force version (T-28A) while the later U.S. Navy versions (T-28B and C) were powered by a 1,425-hp engine. The Trojan’s tricycle landing gear taught pilots to take off and land in the same fashion as the high-performance aircraft they were training to fly. When production ended, North American had built a total of 1,948 T-28s. Beginning in 1962 the USAF modified more than 200 T-28As as tactical fighter-bombers for counterinsurgency warfare. Equipped with 1,425- hp engines, these airplanes (re-designated the T-28D “Nomad”) were effective weapons for close air support against enemy troops in Southeast Asia.

The USAF replaced the T-28 as a primary trainer in the mid-1950s with the piston-engined Beech T-34 Mentor and jet-powered Cessna T-37. Trojans, however, continued to be flown by the Air National Guard until the late 1950s, and by the U.S. Navy into the 1980s.

T-28B

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 33 ft
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 1 in
  • Powerplant: 1 x Wright Cyclone R-1820-86 radial piston engine
  • 1,425 hp
  • Maximum speed: 343 mph
  • Rated cruise speed: 230 mph
  • Range: 1,060 mi
  • Service ceiling: 35,500 ft

HISTORY

Designed to replace the World War II era T-6 trainer, the T-28 possessed higher performance than its forerunner and was easier to maintain.

The first T-28 flew in September 1949, and the T-28A entered production in 1950. An 800- hp engine powered the U.S. Air Force version (T-28A) while the later U.S. Navy versions (T-28B and C) were powered by a 1,425-hp engine. The Trojan’s tricycle landing gear taught pilots to take off and land in the same fashion as the high-performance aircraft they were training to fly. When production ended, North American had built a total of 1,948 T-28s. Beginning in 1962 the USAF modified more than 200 T-28As as tactical fighter-bombers for counterinsurgency warfare. Equipped with 1,425 hp engines, these airplanes (re-designated the T-28D “Nomad”) were effective weapons for close air support against enemy troops in Southeast Asia.

The USAF replaced the T-28 as a primary trainer in the mid-1950s with the piston-engined Beech T-34 Mentor and jet-powered Cessna T-37. Trojans, however, continued to be flown by the Air National Guard until the late 1950s, and by the U.S. Navy into the 1980s.

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Please Note: We do not offer special bookings for one T-28 or the other, rides will be flown in whichever plane is chosen for the weekend

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DISCLAIMER/FAQ

  • All passengers are required to complete a Participant Release.
  • For safety, all passengers must wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals or flip-flops will be allowed. Long pants are recommended.
  • Passengers who cannot board the aircraft without assistance will not fly.
  • The P-51 has physical restrictions that are: 6’5″, and 250 lbs. or smaller
  • Large backpacks, shoulder bags, duffel bags, tripods or other bulky items are NOT permitted on the aircraft.
  • No Firearms, Pepper or Chemical Sprays, Stun Devices or weapons of any kind are permitted on the aircraft.
  • No animals are permitted on the aircraft.
  • Passengers must be 13 years of age or older. Minors who fly (age 13-17) must have their parent or guardian complete a Participant Release for Minors. The parent or guardian must be present for the flight.
  • Passengers must be able to enter and exit the aircraft without assistance; and be capable of climbing and descending the equivalent of a standard ladder.
  • No smoking and no vaping devices are allowed on any of our aircraft.
  • No portable oxygen assistance devices are permitted.
  • Flights may be canceled due to weather, mechanical, or crew availability.

All riders must sign Participant Release prior to flight.

If you have questions or concerns, please email
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