North American T-28 Trojan


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North American T-28 Trojan

First flown in 1949, the Trojan was put into production as the T-28A two-seat basic trainer for the USAF. Power was provided by a 596kW Wright R-1300-1 radial engine. The T-28B was the initial US Navy version fitted with a 1,062kW Wright R-1820-86 engine and a two-piece sliding canopy (as fitted to late production T-28A). Two further T-28 versions were produced: the T-28G with deck-arrester gear; and the T-28D, a converted T-28A with a 1,062kW R-1820-56S engine and strengthened airframe for light-attack duties. An attack-trainer version was designated AT-28D. A licence-built version was also made in France as the Fennec.

 MODELT-28B "Trojan"
 ENGINE1 x Wright Cyclone R-1820-86, 1063kW
  Take-off weight3856 kg8501 lb
  Empty weight2914 kg6424 lb
  Wingspan12.22 m40 ft 1 in
  Length10.06 m33 ft 0 in
  Height3.86 m13 ft 8 in
  Wing area24.90 m2268.02 sq ft
  Max. speed552 km/h343 mph
  Ceiling10820 m35500 ft
  Range1706 km1060 miles

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Don Drouin, e-mail, 05.03.2020 15:39

I flew the T-28 at Spence Air Base (AB),a civilian field near Moultrie Georgia, in 1959 for Primary training. Had a civilian instructor, Wilton B. Hodges. Ex WW II Navy pilot. Said I’d never forget his name. I didn’t.
Always knew when it was final approach. Wilton B. (“Mr. Hodges to you mister.”) would have me open the canopy so he could throw his cigar out.


Ted Voulgaris, e-mail, 20.03.2018 02:13

Does anyone have any information on 1st Lt. Dan Moss who was a flight instructor at Whiting Field in 1957? He was a close friend and squadron mate of mine in VMF-214 at MCAS Cherry Point. When VMF-114 was reorganized I went to Chase Field in Texas as a jet flight instructor and Dan went to Whiting Field, Pensacola as a flight instructor. He was killed in Oct of 1957. If anyone knows the circumstances of his accident, I would hear like from them. I have been trying to find out what happened for many years. Thanks for any info. --Ted


LT Buford Suffridge DC, USNR, e-mail, 17.02.2018 22:10

For Don Jenkins who posted a comment in 2016. I know Jigger Owens and can put you in contact with him if you so desire.


LT Buford Suffridge, DC, USNR, e-mail, 17.02.2018 22:05

I served as a dental officer at Whiting Field, March, 1969-March, 1971. Got to fly a time or two in the T-28 over the objection of squadron commanders who wanted a student in the back seat if the Trojan was in the air. One of the flight instructors, LT Kevin Buckley, was a patient of mine and talked his CO into allowing me to fly with him. I recall during the preflight briefing, LT Buckley telling me if he said to bail out to go immediately or I'd find myself riding alone. I'd love to know what became of LT Buckley. I heard a lot of flight b.s. but my favorite was: "you know your gear is up and locked if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp."


Eric Krask, e-mail, 11.02.2018 00:38

Class 23-56 North Whiting my first dogfight (unauthorized) ended with T-28B wrinkled wings. Strike A /C in report and SPD board for me. Capt. John Lynch, USN saved my ass and career. Went on to VMF-235 FJ-3M and F8U-1E. Then to Delta in 1961 for 35 years. Now 82 and waiting for final call.


Len myrah, e-mail, 06.02.2021 Eric Krask

Len Myrah here, a voice from the past checking in. I bought your 1954 Ford at Kingsville when you bought a red Jaguar in fall of 1957.
Living on a farm in south east Minnesota. Still active with cattle and sheep. Think we got our first carrier landing the same day at Baron Field. Alabama.
Trust all is well,

Len Myrah, check your six


Eric Krask, e-mail, 08.02.2021 Len myrah

Lenny, I tried two diff ways to answer your msg but none worked.Maybe this will. Try email me direct.
also my phone is 503 739 1073


John Rees Sr, e-mail, 28.08.2017 08:51

For Chris,
My first 13 landings as an SNA were in 138178 on Feb 24, 1981 while I was attached to VT-27. My email is


ron upton, e-mail, 05.05.2017 07:13

AT3 assigned to intermediate maint fixed hundreds of ICS boxes and ARN 1 ADF...and arn14 VOR recivers...70 t0 73...never got a ride in anything except a uh1 one time lol... had to join the reserves to get some P3 time good times...


Bill Brown, e-mail, 12.03.2017 02:11

Bud I have a picture of "your" T-28 at VT-3. I agree best flying ever


Kenneth C. Karas, e-mail, 17.02.2017 00:43

HI, this is for the Museum editors: The aircraft with the arresting gear was designated the -C, not the -G as indicated in the writeup. Also worth mentioning was the "Fennec" used by the French.


S. T. (Woody) Cowles jr., e-mail, 08.02.2017 06:40

I was a 3rd Class ADR with VT-2 NAS Whiting Field. I was one of two power plants trouble shooters. In 1970 I was in two T28 power plants training films that the Navy made at VT-2 Whiting Field. The squadron acquired both films so I could see them before I got out of the Navy in January 1971. I can't find these films on line. Does anyone know how I can show my sons these films?


Terry Hobbs, e-mail, 17.12.2016 20:24

I was a board boy at VT-2 flight 5 formation from May 1967 until April of 1969. I posted the next days schedules on the flight board and assigned the aircraft. Some one named Chris said his father owns a T-28 that had the number 217 and thought it was from VT-3. Actually we had 217 in VT-2. VT-2 and VT-3 were both at NAS Whiting Field.


don jenkins, e-mail, 17.12.2016 09:47

I worked in the formation ready room as boardboy. I put the flight opps skeds up for next days flights. I also put
myself on the board and have about 300 hours back seat time. I flew every day, mostly with LT jigger owens.


AM-1 Penrod USN Ret., e-mail, 09.08.2016 03:53

My first job was as a plane captian at VT-30 Corpus. Had AD-6s, T-28s, T-34'S in the summers. Always has a class of vietnam nam students. Had turn up card on all 3. Usually had least 10 or more 28s. Got a lot of stick time while instructor graded his students in ADs. Good bird


CDR Dave Smith (ret), e-mail, 08.06.2016 08:14

I began my Naval Aviation adventure in Aug.1977 in the T-28 as a NIFTS student. This means that your first(primary) training aircraft was the 1425 HP T-28! Ignorance is bliss! I didn't know you were supposed to begin your flying career in something a little more tame. What an aircraft, my favorite! When I got a chance to come back to VT-27 as an instructor I jumped at the offer. I was lucky enough to be there in 1984, when the last T-28 was recovered from the last training flight. No student that completed training at VT-27 during 1984, in the T-28, failed to earn their Wings of Gold! What a plane and what a squadron. The best instructors in the Navy and many life long friends! You know who you are. We witnessed "The End of an Era". Trojans and round motors forever!


William E Platt, e-mail, 30.12.2015 01:40

"Naughty Tanga Nomad"
By: William E. Platt

I named her "Tanga Nomad", she said I flew her best,
I wanted to believe her, so she flew me to her nest...

I fell in Love with her radial jugs; nine, and hot for hugs,
Her empennage so sturdy, her rudder spanking bugs,
Twin fifties graced her shoulders, six hard points above her knees,
I love a girl who dresses tough and wants to please not tease.
Her mysteries, mine for asking; her contours, a joy to see,
She wanted a daring pilot, now; She knew that he was me.
Again, daring pilot, come and fly, be free.
In the sky together, you and me are we.

Yes, I named her "Tanga Nomad"; she said I was her best.
I needed to believe her, and so did all the rest


N D Brown, e-mail, 28.10.2015 21:47

Navcad Class 38 59 I flew T28 at Whiting. After T34 at Saufley I felt I was in a real Navy airplane .. and then it ate my lunch. On safe for solo check hop I discovered that holding exact heading and altitude while dropping everything to make plane as dirty as possible didn't get me extra points when I pulled her nose up and fell off into a spin. It took mine and the instructors muscles to pull it out. I was so rattled I got lost. End of Navy Wings of Gold dream. but I don't blame the aircraft!


Jim Mathis, e-mail, 02.01.2021 N D Brown

Neil- If you get this e-mail, let me know. We were room mates in
Pre-Flight. Hope all is well with you. We had some memorable moments
in room inspection as you may recall.
Lt: Why are you laughing, Brown?
Brown: It's McDonald, Sir!
Lt: What's so funny about McDonald?
Brown: His face, Sir!
Jim Mathis
Class 38-59


Richard Newfield, e-mail, 19.08.2015 01:33

I completed primary training at Spence In 1956. I was in the T-34 /T-28 program. Flying the T-28 was the most fun I ever had. I recall landing, after the pitch out, using nothing but trim tabs. I absolutely loved that aircraft, particularly during aerobatics!


Bill Lawton, e-mail, 24.02.2015 03:53

T-28B was the perfect transition aircraft from the SNJ in basic training to the F9F2 in advanced training in Kingsville, TX 1955. The only Navy plane which was more fun to fly was the FJ-3 Fury!!


Dr Richard Dexter Olson, e-mail, 04.02.2015 22:49

I `54- flew this airplane for Instrument Flight Training at NAS Kingsville TX, from Aug`54 through Sept `54, GREAT AIRPLANE. Would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time.


Karl Polifka, e-mail, 24.01.2015 03:47

I got a 4 hour check-out in the T-28D at Udorn RTAFB in 1969 and then did 300 combat hours (plus O-1 time) as a Raven living in near the PDJ in Laos. A good stable airplane for ordnance delivery and the two .50 cal were great fun!


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