T-28 Trojan

T-28 Trojan trainerThe North American T-28 was a basic trainer that was subsequently ordered in two advanced versions, the T-28B and T-28C, by the U.S. Navy, with the latter designed for carrier operation. It was the first trainer designed to transition pilots to jet aircraft.

Originally, it was powered by a Wright R-1300 engine with a rating of 800 horsepower, a top speed of 285 mph and a service ceiling of 29,000 feet. New versions carried a Wright R-1820 engine with a rating of 1,425 horsepower, a top speed of more than 345 mph and a 37,000 foot ceiling.

The T-28B and T-28C could handle accessory kits providing for bombs, rockets, and machine guns.

The Navy ordered 792 T-28s, 299 of which included an arrester hook for carrier landings. Some versions of the T-28 were adapted to more extensive military operations by foreign countries.

T-28C Specifications
First flight: Sept. 24, 1949
Span: 40.6 feet
Length: 34.3 feet
Height: 12.6 feet
Weight: 8,247 pounds
Power plant: Wright R-1820, 1,425 horsepower
Speed: 346 mph
Altitude: 35,000 feet
Landing gear: Tricycle