T-28A High Sky Wing
KMAF, Midland, TX
The North American T-28 Trojan began life in 1949 as the NA-159/XT-28. There are nine variants that have been used by twenty-eight different countries. It is a single engine trainer that was designed to replace the venerable T-6 Texan. It was used by the USAF until the early 1960?s, and by the Navy (Marine Corps/Coast Guard) into the early 1980?s. A T-28 was the first fixed wing attack aircraft lost in South Vietnam (a total of 23 were lost).
While it is common knowledge that T-28?s were used in combat in Vietnam, it is not generally known that the T-28 was the first fighter aircraft employed by the North Vietnamese Air Force. This happened after a Laotian T-28 pilot defected to North Vietnam in 1963. The North Vietnamese refurbished the airplane and put it into service as a fighter.
The T-28A was equipped with an 800 hp engine, but the later versions were upgraded to the 1,425 hp engine. One other unique conversion deserves attention: a civilian conversion, the T-28R-2 transformed the two-seater into a five seat cabin for general aviation use.
The last T-28 training flight took place at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas in early 1984. The T-28 was replaced by the T-34C turboprop.