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BuNo 138339 flew 11,000 hours as a US Navy trainer initially assigned to the TW-5 at Whiting Field FL then at NAS Pensacola FL.
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References: "Ralph Glasser's Champion Trojan," by Peter Moll, Warbird's magazine 20 June 1992 and "Gotcha - A Great Deal On A T-28 School" by Ralph Glasser MD, Warbird's magazine 8 February 1992.
From the ground school concept training civilian pilots on their warbirds systems there came the recognition that formal formation flight training was needed - all in the name to keep civilian pilots safe and to keep the FAA at bay. It was important to be able to get pilots qualified without the long arm of the feds controlling this new arena. With considerable input from John Harrison and others, guidelines were established that still apply today used by FAST and NATA.
With formation training under his belt, Skydoc still wanted more challenges and so began fine tuning his aerobatic skills. Soon he joined up with the Trojan Horseman as their star solo airshow performer. After the Trojan Horseman team retired he joined up with a new airshow team, Trojan Thunder. He still attends formation training clinics not only for proficiency but for the camaraderie and fun. Skydoc and his T-28D “What’s Up Doc” are a unique warbird combination where most owner’s either trade up or sell, Skydoc has kept his same aircraft all these years proudly flying it as living T-28 history.
Two months later Skydoc delivered his "new" T-28B to Torrance, CA for Great American Aircraft to restore to airworthy flying condition. By October 1990 he was back in the cockpit on climb out when the engine quit due to carburetor failure. Fortunately Skydoc was able to crash land but his T-28 was critically damaged. So back to Great American Aircraft it went, this time Skydoc committed to a full restoration upgrading the components to a D model. To make it an authentic looking warbird, he choose the USAF 1961 paint scheme of the 4400th Combat Crew Training Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base even fitted it with underwing armament.
Drawing from numerous oral history interviews, Fly Until You Die brings the Hmong pilot's stories to light for the first time.
Be prepared for laughter and tears in this behind-the-scenes peek into this doctor’s life, with a twist that takes his career from the clinic to the cockpit as he embarks on a second profession as a commercial airline pilot.
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50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The official commemorative period started in May 2012 and will run through November 2025. The commemoration honors and thanks the veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as POW's or listed as MIA for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to honor and thank the families of these veterans. It highlights the service of all the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and other organizations that served with or in support of the Armed Forces.
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Welcome to the T-28 Trojan Foundation website; a compilation of T-28 history. Our goal is to be the central resource on the "living" history of the T-28 aircraft, the people and event's associated with it.
Inside these pages, as you read the stories, view the photographs of times past & present and watch the video's, you will gain a greater appreciation for the T-28, a more profound understanding of it's role in military aviation history, and inspiration from the many pilots who flew the "Mighty Trojan."
It's legendary tour of duty continues because of all the wonderful pilots who have restored and currently fly their T-28 warbirds for the public to enjoy. I know you will enjoy, as well, all the information this website has to offer.