US Navy T-28 Trojan

Riding by Albert Whitted airport in downtown St. Pete on Sunday morning I saw this radial engine plane approaching the threshold for take-off and had to snap a few shots. It is one of the Navy’s two-seat T-28 trainers used post WWII for primary flight training after the retirement of the AT-6 Texan. It is among the last generation of US warbirds that used a gas piston radial engine, in this case a 1400hp 9-cylinder Cyclone swinging a 3-bladed prop. There really isn’t anything that sounds like a large cylinder radial motor thumping up to take-off rpms.

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6 thoughts on “US Navy T-28 Trojan

  1. Nice shots of a colorful vintage plane! Especially interesting to me because I went to school about 100 yards or so from the end of that runway. Interestingly – because I’m so old – the campus was NOT USF at the time, circa 1961-62 🙂

  2. Great photo – thanks for the memories That airplane is a North American T-28B “Trojan” Bureau Number 137657, painted in the official colors of the Naval Air Training Command, Training Squadron Two (VT-2). The squadron, known as the “Doer Birds”, is based Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Milton, FL. I had the honor to serve in that squadron as a T-28 flight instructor from June 1968 to July 1969. Very fond memories of a great time in my life.

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