September 24, 1949 – First Flight North American T-28 Trojan

 

Trojan Horsemen at Oshkosh 2014

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.

T-28 at 2014 Waterloo Air Show

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.

Oshkosh Countdown – 73 Days To Go #OSH14

 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.