On September 24, 1949 the North American T-28 “Trojan” made its first flight.
Nearly 2000 Trojans were built between 1950 and 1957 and were used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.
Many Trojans still fly today like the aircraft seen above flown by the Trojan Horsemen team at Oshkosh.
The high undercarriage and throaty growl from the Wright R-1300 or R-1820 radial engine make them impossible to miss at air shows all over the world.
Since I’m heading down to the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton Ohio later today, it’s only fitting that I highlight their gorgeous B-25J “Georgie’s Gal” which is a regular visitor to Oshkosh.
It’s also an opportunity to hang around with the Canadian contingent of the CAF Red Tail Squadron who are bringing the P-51-C and travelling exhibit to Port Clinton to spread the “Rise Above” message to local school kids. Retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel and Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown is hosting the event.