No. 10499. North American NA-174 T-28D Trojan (VH-TRO c/n 174-260) "Huff 'n' Puff"
Photographed at Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, May 3, 2009, by Ian McDonell

North American NA-174 T-28D Trojan

02/28/2011. Manufactured by North American at Downey, California, USA in 1954 as one of 744 T-28A-NA's that were produced under the batch number NA-174, it was delivered to the USAF with s/n 51-3722. It was struck off charge and shipped to the SMAAR unit, Air Force Logistic Command, McClellan AFB, Sacramento, where it was assigned to MAP on May 25, 1965. It was converted to an T-28D and transferred to the RThaiAF, and serialed in the JF-13 range it served with the RThaiAF till 1972.

In 1972 it was transferred to the RLaosAF, reportedly coded 51-3722, and subsequently operated over Laos by Air America/CIA personnel, while being maintained at Udorn RThaiAFB, Thailand. In 1974 it was transferred to the Philippine AF, serialed 13722, withdrawn from use it was sold to a Jose Mari Roa in 1988. Roa rebuilt the aircraft using parts of another T-28 (s/n 51-3782 c/n 174-320), and it came on the Philippine register as RP-R280 on May 2, 1989. However, it never received a CofA and the registration was cancelled the following year.

The aircraft was bought by Ian Kenny of Brisbane, Australia, and pending restoration was stored for a number of years. It was registered VH-TRO on June 15, 2001, and flown on August 5, 2001, by 2004 it was named Huff 'n' Puff. On February 15, 2006 it was reregistered to its present owner Malcolm Rolph-Smith of Brookfield, Queensland. The shown tail number 38364 and code TL-364 belonged to a T-28B, produced for the USN under BuNo. 138364, that was reportedly transferred to the USAF under serial 53-8364.

Created February 28, 2011