4 people, 4 bags, 330 knots, FL 280, 1100 nm
Oh, that is SO moving...
THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR.
To operate a T- 28 you must get training in type
from an authorized instructor, then pass a
check ride from an experimental aircraft
examiner. If successful, the authorization is
then added to your pilot certificate.
You may also want to make sure that you have
plenty of cash on hand to feed this airplane. Plan on
spending at least $250 per hour—minimum—on fuel
and oil alone (not to mention the cost of a pancake
breakfast for you and your back-seater).
With more than 300 T-28s flying worldwide today,
there is an abundance of pilots and owners who are
willing to help the prospective buyer understand the
aura of the T- 28. In fact, in the last few years there has
been a resurgence of T-28s on the air show circuit.
Whether it is flying formation with fellow warbird
pilots, making smoke rings in the sky à la Herb Baker
and Ditto, or even being part of the combined forces of
six T-28s known as the Trojan Horsemen galloping
across the sky wingtip to wingtip in an orchestrated
aerial ballet, the T- 28 is one graceful machine—even at
60 years old.
An avid pilot and longtime contributor to EAA publications,
Jim Busha is the editor of Warbirds magazine and the owner
of a 1943 Aeronca L- 3.