T-28 Trojan

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T-28 Trojan

When the United States Air Force set out to replace the old model T-6 Texan trainers, North American was hired to complete the task. What they presented was the Model NA-159 piston-engined 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 deck landing training.

In 1962, North American began supplying T-28Ds for the counter-insurgency role. Six underwing hardpoints 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 and the T-2 jet 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]

Nicknames: Trojan

Number Built: ~2232

Number Still Airworthy: 150+

Mfr: North American
Model: T-28C
Serial: 146249
Built: 1957
N-Number: N28CV
Engines: One
Wright Cyclone R1820-86
Thrust: 1,425 hp @ 2700 rpm
Length: 33 ft. 0 in.
Height: 13 ft. 0 in.
Wingspan: 41 ft. 0 in.
Weight: Empty: 6,676 lbs.
Max Takeoff: 10,900 lbs.
Performance: Range: 1,060miles
Ceiling: 35,500 ft.
Max Speed: 340 kts

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