Sunday, May 31, 2015

Old Station Fly-in & Heritage Show 2015 - North American T-28D-5 Trojan VH-TRO

A regular visitor to the Old Station Fly-in & Heritage Show is North American T-28D-5 Trojan VH-TRO.
Manufactured in 1952 and powered by a Curtiss-Wright R-1820, 9-cylinder radial engine - this graceful 'ole lady of the skies served for a number of years with the United States Air Force (USAF) as 51-3722 before being converted to an AT-28D and transferred to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and sometime later, onwards to the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
After military service, VH-TRO has been noted to have worn a number of civilian markings including operations with Air America in Laos.
Initially intended to satisfy the role as a trainer, the Trojan was also successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War.