North American T28 Trojan
REGISTRATION — VH-FNO
POWERPLANT — 1 x 1,425hp Wright R.1820 Cyclone (9 cylinder)
SPAN — 12.22M
LENGTH — 10.06M
CRUISE SPEED — 185KTS (340KM/HR)
MAX SPEED — 343kt (552km/hr)
RANGE — 500NM (926KM)
FIRST FLIGHT - 27 September 1949
TOTAL BUILT - 1,948
INTORDUCED - 1950
PRODUCED - 1950 – 1957
VARIANTS - 12
RETIRED - US Navy 1984
USERS - 28 Military Air Arms
The T28 was designed to replace the NAA T-6 and SNJ Texan in the USAF and US Navy.
The early variants were:
The T-28A powered by an 800hp Wright R-1300 in the hope to mimic performance of early jet aircraft with slow spool up time.
The T-28B introduced the 1,425hp Wright R.1820 power plant.
The T-28C was a dedicated carrier landing aircraft fitted with a tailhook.
The T-28D was a dedicated counter insurgency aircraft fitted with six underwing hardpoints. It was utilised by the USAF SOS units in Vietnam, with the Vietnamese Air Force and Royal Lao Air Force.
The T28 was utilised by the US Navy, US Marines and also the US Coast Guard for training into the early 1980s. The last training flight by the US Navy was with VT-27 in early 1984.
The T-28 Fennec (a small Saharan Desert nocturnal fox) were converted for use by SUD Aviation for the L’ Armee de l’Air and utilised in French North African colonies.
2 or 6 underwing hardpoints
2 x 0.50 cal Browning machine guns.
Napalm, Mk.82 500lb bombs
The history of our T28:
1954 Built for US Navy with Build No 138122
Transferred to US Army but retained its Navy Serial Number
1984 Allocated to National Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola, Florida
1985 Sold to Richard C.Fernalid, Anchorage, Alaska
2004 Sold to John G Roberts, Santa Barbara, California.
2008 Sold to Murray Moule, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
13 August 2008 Registered VH-FNO.
February 2014 Sold to Dunkel Aviation, Western Australia.
February 2015 Sold to Bennet Aviation, New South Wales.