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Raven 43 Will Platt's collection of personal accounts of the Secret War in Laos along with never before seen photographs of the war.


See Jean Barbaud's cartoons at:
Col. (ret) Craig Duehring's memoir from boyhood in Minnesota, to USAF pilot training to flyng as a Raven during the Secret War in Laos.  See also: 

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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 events associated with it.

Inside these pages, as you read the stories, view the photographs of times past & present and watch the videos, 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. 
Helen Murphy
Loading onto the USS Essex, then safely tucked below deck for the voyage.  Departure August 3, 2020. 
Photo's courtesy Taigh Ramey
In formation with "Old Glory" B-25

* Editors note:  Technically, the T-28 did not operate in the Pacific theater during WWII.  The first T-28A design flew in 1949, 5 years after WWII ended.  Danny was invited to bring his T-28 as a general "warbird" and we are grateful he was honored to represent the T-28 community by being able to pay homage in this venerable event.   

Photos courtesy of
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Arriving Pearl Harbor August 10, 2020
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.
I was invited to join this event a couple of months ago by my buddy with the P-51, Dr. Ken Wagner. He was contacted by the Museum folks at Ford Island in dire need of Warbirds to go to Hawaii compliments of the United States Navy!  I had one week to get my plane to North Island to be loaded on the USS Essex, Assault Carrier, for the journey to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  I did not have to think about it! Made arrangements with my wife and business to be gone for a couple of weeks and be part of this incredible journey. The loading at North Island Navy base and unloading at Pearl Harbor went well. So interesting!! The planes were then taken to Hickam Air Force base about 2 miles away. After my plane was safely hangered at Hickam I flew home for work and family. Two weeks went by and I was back to the Islands to do some awesome flying! 17 Vintage planes! What a great opportunity for us. Flying in three parade type events, one street parade, being towed through the neighborhood 3 miles on the Navel Base Pearl Harbor to the docks for loading back on the Carrier. Several days of just fun flying any where we wanted to go. Had a lot of dignitaries in my back seat for the flight of their life! Put 10-12  hours on my T-28 during that week of flying. The thrill of being a part of this historic event is indescribable.  The final Salute to our few remaining Veterans from WWII was a pleasure. The flying was a dream come true. Now I am on my way back to my family and business at Chino California.
"Keep Calm and Trojan On"
Jeff Schroeder, Charlie Oscar Photography
Trojan Phlyers 2015 Bonham Festival of Flight
The Raven Chronicles, In Our Own Words, is a unique collection of first person accounts by the USAF forward air controllers who flew in the Secret War in Laos.  Restricted by the 1962 Geneva Agreement, they flew in civilian clothes in unmarked light spotter aircraft. These pilots regularly operated from primitive dirt landing sites, often flying in poor weather, with few navigational aids, under the constant threat of enemy fire, and in the midst of towering mountains and unforgiving karst formations.  According to USAF history, they were one of the success stories of the war.  They built a legend of efficiency and daring in their control of RLAF and USAF strikes in support of Laotian ground units.      
kindle edition:  $8.95   and   paperback b/w:  $24.95
In addition to the stories, many of the Raven authors have shared photographs from their personal collection, some never seen by the public before.  For more information see the Raven Chronicles Archives page on this website under "Call Sign Raven." 

T-28 Trojan Foundation

Danny Hill flying over Honolulu Hawaii in the VJ Peace Aerial Parade September 2, 2020
in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.  Photo courtesy Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum