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North American T-28 Trojan
The "whiskers" on the T-28 are static discharge wicks located on the ends of the wings and stabilizer surfaces. These allow any static electricity that has built up on the aircraft to dissipate into the air so there is less radio transmission interference.
As with its predecessor-the AT-6-the T-28 earned its place in aviation history as one of the best and most versatile trainers ever developed. It has been used in numerous countries. Today, it is a favorite aircraft of private warbird owners.
Did You Know?
- The Blue Angel paint scheme on the Air Zoo's Trojan is a facsimile of the scheme used by the aerobatic team. However, the Blue Angels never gave public performances in T-28s. The only prop aircraft they used were the F6F Hellcat and the F8F Bearcat.
- The Air Zoo's Trojan was a Grand Champion Warbird at Oshkosh in 1974.
- While this aircraft was manufactured as an "A" model, it was re-engine to "B" model standards.
- This particular Trojan was specifically used by Air National Guard and Air Reserves to maintain fighter flight proficiency.
- There is one known air-to-air combat victory for the T-28-a Cambodian pilot shot down a USAF O-1E Bird Dog that allegedly strayed over the Cambodian border.
- To become carrier qualified, a naval aviator student needed to compete four arrested landings, two touch-and-go carrier landings and four catapult launches.