American T-28 Trojan
Originally produced by North American for the
Air Force, the T-28A
"Trojan" made its maiden flight on September 26, 1949.
With a top speed of 292 mph, 800 nm range and service ceiling of
31,650 feet, the Navy began evaluating it as a replacement for the
SNJ "Texan" trainer. The results showed that the Navy
version required a more powerful engine and North American
responded with the T-28B that was fitted with a 1,425 hp Wright
R-1820 engine which upped the speed to 343 mph. First flown on
April 6, 1953, the delivery of 489 of this model began in 1954
to ultimately equip eleven training squadrons in both the
primary and basic training roles.
The success of the T-28Bs resulted in the
placement of an order for the tail hook equipped T-28C with a
strengthened rear fuselage to absorb the tremendous stress of
carrier landings. Making its first flight on September 19, 1955,
the T-28C became the center piece for all Navy flight training -
basic, primary, instrument, and carrier qualifications.
The T-28 was actively utilized in the Viet
Nam war as the T-28D "Nomad" equipped to carry a
variety of weapons ranging from bombs and rockets to napalm and
used for counterinsurgency missions throughout Southeast Asia.
It was especially effective in night operations against targets
not protected by radar controlled anti-aircraft batteries and as
armed escorts of A-26 attack aircraft and helicopters. They also
operated in hunter/killer teams with 0-1 aircraft that used
starlight scopes to locate enemy convoys and then call in the
T-28s to attack.
Premier Series. 1/32nd scale. 15.5" wingspan x
No. AFPAD-PR. Only $174.95
Standard Series. 1/32nd scale.
15" wingspan x 12.25" long.
No. AFPAD-ST. Only $119.95