• Review: North American T-28D Trojan

    North American T-28D Trojan

    Publisher: Ant's Airplanes

    Review Author:
    Raymond Andersen

    Suggested Price:
    $19.95

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    The T-28 is a single engine, twin seated military trainer aircraft, built by North American Aviation since the late 1940s. The aircraft features an old fashioned piston engine with a 3-bladed propeller, and was primarily used by the United States Air Force and the United States Navy.

    The designation was T-28 and the nickname was Trojan - The aircraft was primarily used as a trainer aircraft but was also very successful as a counter-insurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War. Counter-Insurgence is also known as COIN.

    The Trojan was quick on all control surfaces (ailerons, rudder, elevator) and the later models were equipped with a powerful Wright series engine that provided a steep climb rate of 4,000 ft/min.

    Specs:

    • Produced by North American Aviation
    • First flight: September 1949
    • Introduction: 1950
    • Status: Retired 1994
    • Role: Trainer Aircraft
    • Built: 1948
    • Primary users:
      • United States Air Force
      • United States Navy
      • South Vietnamese Air Force
      • French Air Force

    I received this aircraft through FS Pilot Shop and the download and installation went as usual as with other add-ons from there, quick, easy and completely without any issues. The file is not that large - only about 110 Mb, so the download was completed within just a few minutes.

    To do the installation I just activated the included installation wizard which took care of the entire installation for me. All I had to do was to fill in the activation key-code and wait a few seconds while the installation wizard did the installation.

    After the wizard had completed I searched the FSX folders to verify that the installation was done properly, and of course it was. I found the Trojan perfectly placed within the FSX Airplanes folder.

    I now opened up my FSX and went into my virtual hangar to check if everything was also created correctly here, and also to see how many models and liveries would be included. I found the Trojan perfectly placed in the virtual hangar under the search criteria of Ant's Airplanes and included were in total 14 liveries for one model - well you could say that there were two models since some of the liveries contained the aircraft with one pilot and some with two pilots.

    Included in this add-on is also a manual/guide/checklist - this is in a PDF format and covers information such as:

    • Introduction to the T-28D
    • System requirements
    • Nice to know details
    • Description of knobs and switches
    • Explanation of flight dynamics, P-factor, etc.
    • Full exterior and interior checklist
    • Aerobatic details
    • Performance charts
    • FAQs and much more

    The manual is in total 57 pages and I would recommend reading or at least skimming it before taking the Trojan out for the first flight. Not because the Trojan is a very complicated aircraft to fly, but more because there are some very useful information described in the manual.

    I started my test by taking a walk around the aircraft to view the external model. The model is very well made and really looks very authentic. There are a lot of details on the model that resembles the real Trojan as e.g. the old time piston engine which can be seen when viewing the front of the aircraft.

    The model is covered with good quality textures that are also very authentic - I searched the web for various pictures of the real Trojan liveries, and the liveries that are created for this model are very much like those that I found.


    13 Comments
    1. jamminjames's Avatar
      jamminjames -
      One of the best out there.....
    1. titan12's Avatar
      titan12 -
      I bought this aircraft the minute it was released. And today I noticed something that I should have seen initially, and so should have the development team and the reviewer. The Navy version, in white with red trim, the word NAVY on the top of the right wing is wrong. It should be readable from the rear, not the front. Check the USAF versions. Small thing, I know, but now obvious.
    1. titan12's Avatar
      titan12 -
      The word NAVY on the right wing is incorrect. It should be readable from the rear, not the front.
    1. Joob's Avatar
      Joob -
      One of, if not the best aircraft payware addon I have bought and for a sensible price too. Other developers need to follow Ant's lead. Superb, more please Ant.
    1. jhtrim's Avatar
      jhtrim -
      I flew the T-28 while I was attached to VT-27 in Corpus Christi, Tx for Basic Flight training in 1973. It was a great plane to fly and I have put in a lot of hours flying in sim out of Corpus remembering old times.
    1. adavidf03's Avatar
      adavidf03 -
      A beautiful piece of work. A steal at under $20. I bought and installed it last night, It looks and flys great. Some really neat animations. One in particular is the movement of the pully and cable attached to the propeller governor, when the prop RPM lever is operated.
    1. anthony32's Avatar
      anthony32 -
      Quote Originally Posted by titan12 View Post
      I bought this aircraft the minute it was released. And today I noticed something that I should have seen initially, and so should have the development team and the reviewer. The Navy version, in white with red trim, the word NAVY on the top of the right wing is wrong. It should be readable from the rear, not the front. Check the USAF versions. Small thing, I know, but now obvious.
      Sorry, but the Navy is correct. This is a repaint of N8539A which really does have the Navy on the right wing written that way. Now, N8539A may well have the Navy written incorrectly but the fact is that is the way it is painted on N8539A and that is the repaint I made.

      One thing to note is that the Navy never fly D model T-28s. The Navy only flew B and C models. So, to be completely 100% rivet counter accurate, there shouldn't be a Navy paint at all for the D model. But as there is a real life D model with a Navy scheme (ie N8539A) and many Navy pilots learnt to fly on the T-28 (B and C) I decided to include the paint for N8539A anyway (with upside down Navy on the right wing, just like the real N8539A).
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Yep, paint scheme is perfect:

      http://aeropics.ca/articles/wp-conte...2/DSC_3753.jpg

      Lovely aircraft Anthony!!!

      Dom
    1. mslim's Avatar
      mslim -
      Outstanding aircraft! Best money I've spent on an addon in a long time. Keep it up Mr. Anthony! If any repainters are listening, how about a Royal Lao or CIA Ravens or VNAF repaint?

      Slim
    1. titan12's Avatar
      titan12 -
      Quote Originally Posted by anthony32 View Post
      Sorry, but the Navy is correct. This is a repaint of N8539A which really does have the Navy on the right wing written that way. Now, N8539A may well have the Navy written incorrectly but the fact is that is the way it is painted on N8539A and that is the repaint I made.

      One thing to note is that the Navy never fly D model T-28s. The Navy only flew B and C models. So, to be completely 100% rivet counter accurate, there shouldn't be a Navy paint at all for the D model. But as there is a real life D model with a Navy scheme (ie N8539A) and many Navy pilots learnt to fly on the T-28 (B and C) I decided to include the paint for N8539A anyway (with upside down Navy on the right wing, just like the real N8539A).
      Thanks for that information. Now that we know that the government or contractor screwed up, we can go on.
    1. hasegawa's Avatar
      hasegawa -
      The French Fennec was used in the Algerian war. It is not understandable, that the ANT Fennecs have no Attachement Points for external stores like bombs or external gun pods with 20-mm-cannons used in Algeria.
    1. h3pilot's Avatar
      h3pilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by titan12 View Post
      The word NAVY on the right wing is incorrect. It should be readable from the rear, not the front.
      I understand Ant correctly depicted an actual civilian T-28 painted with a reverse NAVY.

      A real US Navy T-28 (or any USN aircraft for that matter) would only have NAVY on the BOTTOM of the port wing.
      The three digit side number would also be painted just inboard of NAVY on the bottom wing. = 120 NAVY ] wing-tip

      The top of the starboard wing would have the tail code letters (or letter) and the aircraft side number just inboard of that. = 120 E ] wing-tip

      Letters/numbers on the wings of fighters disappeared in the 80's as the USN adopted the gray low-viz paint schemes and markings. (some fighters have side numbers on their flaps.) Patrol, Transport, and Training Aircraft retained their letters and numbers.

      T-34C still have the letter & number on the top STBD wing. T-6 Texan IIs only have the side number on the top wing.

      Beware using civilian airshow planes, RC models, or other repaints as a reference if you are modeling a historical correct aircraft. They are often incorrect! (hence NAVY on top wings) Use vintage photos

      Not a dig at Ant's excellent T-28. He accurately modeled a civilian T-28's non-historically correct paint job.
    1. h3pilot's Avatar
      h3pilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by titan12 View Post
      The word NAVY on the right wing is incorrect. It should be readable from the rear, not the front.
      I understand Ant correctly depicted an actual civilian T-28 painted with a reverse NAVY.

      A real US Navy T-28 (or any USN aircraft for that matter) would only have NAVY on the BOTTOM of the port wing.
      The three digit side number would also be painted just inboard of NAVY on the bottom wing. = 120 NAVY ] wing-tip

      The top of the starboard wing would have the tail code letters (or letter) and the aircraft side number just inboard of that. = 120 E ] wing-tip

      Letters/numbers on the wings of fighters disappeared in the 80's as the USN adopted the gray low-viz paint schemes and markings. (some fighters have side numbers on their flaps.) Patrol, Transport, and Training Aircraft retained their letters and numbers.

      T-34C still have the letter & number on the top STBD wing. T-6 Texan IIs only have the side number on the top wing, but still the number and NAVY on the bottom port wing.

      Beware using civilian airshow planes, RC models, or other repaints as a reference if you are modeling a historical correct aircraft. They are often incorrect! (hence NAVY on top wings) Use vintage photos

      Not a dig at Ant's excellent T-28. He accurately modeled a civilian T-28's non-historically correct paint job.
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