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BuNo 140018 flight from the US to Brazil
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BuNo 140018 was exported to Brazil in April 2011 registered as PP-ZFE, by April the next year it had met it's tragic end with two fatalities

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BuNo 140018 in original Navy colors .  140018 on display at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson, AZ 1993 with Army markings.  It was later transferred to the Indiana Aviation Museum for display in 1999-2009 as N6263T.
BuNo 137798 in the Boneyard (MASDC, Tucson, AZ) 1980, no information pertaining to it's Army service can be confirmed other than it's obvious markings.
BuNo 138327 was the last T-28 in active military until 1987 then retired to McClellan AFB CA, where is it on exhibit at the Aerospace Museum of California.  It served at Edwards AFB since 1966 as a chase plane.  Tthis photo was taken at El Paso, TX  November 1976.
BuNo 138122, formerly N28RF was exported in 2008 to Australia, now operates as VH-FNO
On August 4, 1992 nine CHAC members journeyed to Pope Air Force Base, near Fayetteville, NC, and disassembled and transported the T-28 Trojan aircraft (BuNo 137285) to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. The T-28 Trojan was used as a gate guard at the base since its arrival there - Carolinas Aviation Museum

137285 was the first aircraft acquistion for the museum , was noted to be still on display in 2005 but it is no longer part of their collection.

BuNo 137747 "Ellie" Ft. Rucker, AL 1987 US Army Special Operations Test Board

(below)  "Ellie" 1990 Ontario, Canada
(lettering changed to Fort Bragg, NC)


A Pilatus PC-9 aircraft, foreground, and an Army T-28B Trojan (Ellie) aircraft fly alongside one another during a flight out of Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. The Swiss-made aircraft is being evaluated by a U.S. Army test board, 10/1/1989 - ResearchArchives.gov
BuNo 138289 
Danny Richer's T-28B 2012 Tillsonburg Airshow,
Ontario, Canada
While I was working at the U.S.Army Aviation Museum we had a T-28 return to service. My understanding of the story was our T-28 was retired from service out of Ft. Bragg NC. It was being used to photograph loads being dropped out of cargo planes as they parachuted down to the ground. A Navy T-34 replaced it in that job. However, the Navy decided they would need more of them and Congress would not allow to buy more because of them being loaned out to various places. So the plane's last pilot, a Mr. Davis I can't remember his first name, came down to reclaim it. It still had his name on the side of the cockpit. He looked at it and said,  "There's nothing wrong with this plane," and he pulled a few bird nests out of the engine and had all of the hydraulic fluids flushed and replaced and flew it out to Dothan AL and then up to Ft. Bragg. It was the greatest thing I ever saw. - Robert  (aero-web.org )

You Navy former T-28 jocks may be surprised to know that the Army had T-28s. Three were assigned to the Airborne Test Board at Fort Bragg where we used them to photograph (high speed film) what ever was pooped out of Air Force cargo aircraft (C-41's and C-130's). It was the only aircraft that could orbit around a parachuted load (man, beast,or machinery) and follow it to the ground. When the DA was high she would shake like Elvis but she would still hang in there. I loved flying that damn thing. That growling radial would get every ones attention at Simmons Army Airfield and at Pope Air Force Base. After the mission debrief I would occasionally give big airplane jocks a chance to see if they could handle her. It was like a monkey trying to fornicate with a football. My favorite show off stunt was to get an okay for a high speed, low altitude (and I mean 10 feet over the runway) pass with a 360 overhead approach to a full stop at Simmons. I would red line her, do a 4g pull up and as airspeed got tolerable in the inverted position pop the speed brake,gear, and full flaps and then I was on the ground quicker than an auto rotation in a helicopter from pattern altitude. Got lots of other bs stories in that fine flying machine way back in the early 80's.   - Morey Butler (aviastar.org)
BuNo 137702  US Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity (AAEFA)  Edwards AFB  October 2, 1978 (Flight Test Museum)
One of  three T-28B's used by the Army Special Operations Test Board as camera equipped platforms to test & evaluate parachute delivery systems. 
The Army's lack of interest in the Trojan as a training machine did not indicate a total lack of interest in the type.  Indeed, military records indicate that at least seven Trojans were transferred to Army control in the years between 1952 and 1976.  The first machine operated by the Army was an early production Air Force T-28A (probably 51-3612) evaluated at Fort Rucker sometime during the later stages of the Korean War.  The Army felt the T-28 showed some promise as an observation and artillery direction platform, but nothing apparently came of the tests for the machine was eventually returned to the Air Force.  The next time the Trojan appeared in Army service was in the spring of 1966 when four Navy T-28Bs were transferred to the control of the Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity (AAEFA) at Edwards AFB, California.  This organization was then preparing to flight test the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne AAFSS (q.v.) and required an aircraft fast enough and agile enough to serve as an air to air photography platform, chase plane, and possible air combat training opponent for the new attack helicopter.  A Beech U-21 Ute had already been tested and found unsuitable, and the T-28 seemed to offer the necessary speed and maneuverability.  Navy records indicate that Trojans bearing the Navy serials 137702, 137716, 138210, and 138327 were transferred to the Army at about the this time, and it is known that at least three of the machines were, in fact, evaluated as possible Cheyenne chase planes.  It is possible that the fourth T-28B was also evaluated, though there are unconfirmed reports that it was tested solely for possible use as an electronic intelligence (ELINT) platform.  In the end the Trojan was deemed incapable of matching the Cheyenne's anticipated acceleration and maneuverability, and in 1967-1968 the Army instead acquired three extensively modified P-51D Mustangs (q.v.) for use as AH-56 chase aircraft.  The four T-28's were subsequently transferred to other duties with three being retained  by the AAEFA for airspeed calibration testing and miscellaneous test support duties.  The fourth machine (138210) was flown to Fort Bragg, NC where it was soon joined by two other ex USN T-28B's (137747 and 140018).  All three aircraft were assigned to the Army Airborne Special Operations Test Board (AASOTB), an agent tasked with testing and evaluating new parachute delivery systems and methods intended for US military use.  The stable and maneuverable Trojans were ideally suited for use in camera-equipped test observation machines, and were used to record hundreds of in-flight tests prior to their early 1987 replacement in AASOTB service by ex USN Mentor (q.v.).

The Edwards based AAEFA T-28's continued to serve until they too were replaced by T-34C Mentors (q.v.) early 1987.  All three Trojans were subsequently retired from the Army inventory and passed to various air museums, with 138327 going to the McClellan Air Force Base Museum in California.  This aircraft was the last T-28 in service with the active duty US military forces until turned over to McClellan Museum on 27 March 1987.  - Stephen Harding, "US Army Aircraft Since 1947 - An Illustrated Directory"

Photo courtesy of Lee Griffin
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