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NORTH AMERICAN T-28 TROJAN

The T-28 Trojan is a two-seater trainer aircraft powered by a radial engine and featuring a retractable landing gear. Almost 2,000 were built by North American Aviation in various versions between 1950 and 1957. Besides the US Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps and even the CIA, over 25 nations have used this low-wing aircraft. In addition to its role as a trainer aircraft it was used – in modified form – for counter-insurgency (COIN) operations in Southeast Asia and North Africa. Especially during the Vietnam War, the Trojan was widely used as a ground attack plane by the South Vietnamese Air Force and the US Air Force. A T-28 was also the first US fighter plane to be shot down in this war – and by 1968 the US Air Force had lost 23 of these single-engine aircraft.

Many Trojans were sold to civil aviation enthusiasts after their retirement from various air forces and today they are popular guests at air shows – including AIRPOWER16, where two Trojans will be making an appearance: a T-28C in the static display and the T-28B of the Flying Bulls in the flying display. Since the summer of 2016, the latter sports an entirely new livery. It has been completely restored for the past few years, involving painstakingly detailed work by technicians from The Flying Bulls. Particularly characteristic are the olive-black coloring and the “NAVY” lettering, which is displayed on the former military airplane.

  • The T-28B Trojan of the Flying Bulls in its new livery, © The Flying Bulls / Werner Horvath

  • The T-28B Trojan of the Flying Bulls in its new livery, © The Flying Bulls / Werner Horvath

  • The T-28B Trojan of the Flying Bulls in its new livery, © The Flying Bulls / Werner Horvath

  • The T-28B Trojan of the Flying Bulls in its new livery, © The Flying Bulls / Werner Horvath

  • T-28C Trojan © Gerhard Huber

The T-28B Trojan of the Flying Bulls in its new livery, © The Flying Bulls / Werner Horvath

Facts & Figures

Manufacturer North American Aviation
Model T-28B & T-28C
Year of construction 1954 (T-28B)
Length 10 m
Height 3.9 m
Wingspan 12.4 m
Max. take-off weight 3,500 kg (T-28B)/3,795 kg (T-28C)
Max. speed 630 km/h
Power plant 1x Curtiss Wright R-1820-86B
Power 1,400 HP
Display Flying + Static