T-28 Trojan Foundation

The Mexican Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Mexicana) operated about 88 North American T-28A that received Mexican AF number'S T-28-901 to T-28-988 - Alejandro Garcia

They served in the following units of the Air Force
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 201
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 202
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 203
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 204
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 205
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 206
Escuadron Aereo de Pelea 207

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In 1958, FAM bought a few North American Aviation T-28 Trojans to replace some older aircraft like the A-24B and the older model T-6 trainers in both trainer and attack roles. While that same year, the Mexican Air Force hierarchy was becoming increasingly concerned with their aging or grounded fleet of aircraft and helicopters like the P-47D that were slated to retire that same year.

On December 31, 1958, two P-51D Mustangs of the Guatemalan Air Force attacked a few Mexican fishing boats that were twelve miles off of Mexico.

Maj. General Alfonso Cruz Rivera of the Mexican Air Force planned to attack La Aurora Air Base near Guatemala City, Guatemala which housed the Guatemalan Air Force P-51D Mustangs and other military aircraft based there. The attack squadron would be using three surviving P-47D Thunderbolts for air superiority, T-28 Trojans and AT-6 Texans for attack missions, along with a C-47 Dakota which acted as airborne command post to watch over the attack group. The P-47D’s, AT-6’s, and T-28’s were loaded with machine guns, rockets, and napalm bombs with support from the C-47 and took off from Tuxlafor for the attack mission. Once they’ve crossed into Guatemalan airspace, the strike force dropped to eighty feet to avoid being spotted by Guatemalan Air Force radar systems. The Mexican Air Force strike force was very close and were about to attack the base, but before they could, a message came in from the C-47 via FAM officials to abort the mission. This wasn’t welcoming news for the strike force and they had to turn back to base in Mexico in disappointment. - defenceaviation.com
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Ft. Worth Aviation Museum
Adds 26th Airplane to its Growing Collection, February 2, 2016 
(article submitted by Ed Gunter)

During WWII Squadron 201 "Aztec Eagles" trained here in North Texas.  After training they flew combat missions in The Philippine Islands with P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft. 

Recently, we were made aware that a North American T-28 "Trojan" was available for loan.  After researching the aircraft's history we discovered the aircraft had served with the Mexican Air Force in Squadron 201 in Cozumel. 

We are pleased to announce that our "Aztec Eagle" was recovered to our facility on January 30th.  For now the aircraft is in visible storage awaiting restoration in 2017. When complete, this aircraft will make a fitting memorial to the men of Escuadron 201 of the Fuerza Aerea Mexicana and their history with North Texas.

Pictures and video of the recovery are on our Facebook page. - Jim Hodgson