'I get no respect' line comes to mind. Despite high hopes for the class' great potential for fan appeal by filling the speed niche between T-6 & Unlimited Class events - the T-28 Class passed through the air racing scene almost as quickly as a strafing run.
North American began producing the T-28 as successor to their great T-6/SNJ advanced primary trainer, with first flight in Sept. 1949. N/A built over 2,000 for military use by two dozen nations, and the type saw combat duty in SE Asia. Most T-28s are powered by Wright R-1820 series engines.
Described by some as 'a T-6 on steroids', the big & pugnacious Trojan made sporadic attempts as Unlimited Class entrants over the yearsat Reno, beginning in 1983. Thanks to the organizing efforts of a hardcore cadre of operators led by the late, great aviator & air racer-Neil Anderson, the T-28 Racing Class made its' formal debut at the '95 Phoenix 500 Air Races. They made their presence known at Reno '96 with demonstration races, and returned for trophy competition at Reno '98.
Sporting bold & appropriately-descriptive monikers like- "MONSTER", "THE BEAR", "ULTIMATE HOOKER" & "ORGASMATRON", etc., the T-28s bypassed all pretense of glamour and got right down to displaying some truly professional & highly-impressive AIR RACING at its' finest! Then they flew off into the sunset... Personally, I really loved experiencing the excitement of watching the T-28s compete, and hope they'll one day return to the race course. Reprinted from October 2010 T28TrojanFoundation edition Permission from author, Don "Bucky" Dawson "Trojan Warrior" May 25, 2008 All Aviation Flightline Online