T-28 Trojan Foundation

Tim Berry
Along the
Gold Coast
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N221LH caught my eye.  No one here in Australia had ever flown behind an R1300 or an "A" model before. After much research and emails, I purchased the aircraft (from Courtesy Aircraft Sales, Mark Clark) late Jan 2011. Cliff Wilewski at Heritage Aero Services, Rockford, Illinois conducted the pre-purchase and then the dis-assembly and containerization of the aircraft and organized the shipping to Australia. Cliff did a fantastic job.  After a massive sea voyage via the Atlantic ocean, Suez Canal, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan (twice), eventually she arrived in Brisbane, Australia about 85 days later.  Australian Customs won't inspect aircraft in a container so we had to go to the port and unload her at the dock. We were unable to re-load back into the container so we loaded fuselage and wings onto flatbed semi-trailers, with tail, fin and rudder on the back of my ute.  Aerotec Toowoomba re-assembled the aircraft over a two month period. Eventually on November 3, 2011 I flew her for the first time in Australian skies.
Rachel Berry comes from a family of aviators, with her grandfather Boodie, father Jim and two brothers Harry and Alastair all pilots.  "Aviation has always been in my blood," she said.  "Some of my earliest memories are watching my grandfather and my father take off and land on the family air strip."  But the rare Trojan she and Tim use in their business is a whole different class of aeroplane she grew up with.  "The Trojan is the most fun you can have flying - it ticks all the boxes, it's loud, fast and powerful with an added bonus of the best view,"
Rare Trojan Takes Up New Residence   
by Vanessa Marsh
Toowoomba Chronicle February 11,  2012
                   
TOOWOOMBA residents can easily be forgiven for thinking they are living in a bygone era every time pilot Tim Berry takes to the city's skies in his war bird. But never fear - the recently imported T28 Trojan combat aircraft has long since left behind its days of fighting. Now its main mission is fun, and it's expected to deliver plenty of that in its new role as an adventure flight aircraft.

Mr Berry, who is the chief pilot at the Darling Downs Aero Club, imported the rare war bird from the United States at the end of last year after many months of searching and paperwork. He said the wait was worth it. "The speed, sound and smell of the radial engine is a unique experience," Mr Berry said. "When you sit in the aircraft, the time clock winds back over 60 years to a classic aviation period."

While there are several T28 Trojans around, Mr Berry's plane, also known as Litt'l Juggs, is the only one of her kind in the country. "This T28 is the only A model in Australia, and there are less than 40 As flying worldwide. We are the only one in the Southern Hemisphere," Mr Berry said. "Whilst there are other T28s in Australia, the A looks different, flies different and sounds very different."

Mr Berry said the plane's interesting history did not end after it served with the US Air Force from 1950-1956.  "The aircraft was stolen out of storage by a group of men keen to make a quick buck, and they got the airplane airworthy, repainted and armed the aircraft with its weapons systems and sold it to the Government of Haiti,"  Mr Berry said. "My aircraft was the second aircraft to fly to Haiti before all involved were arrested by the FBI and jailed."

Mr Berry said the aircraft's name, which, like many planes of her era features a pin-up girl style painting next to the name on the front, was a hot topic of conversation. "This is actually a play on words and the name Litt'l Juggs refers to her very different engine size compared with other T28 models flying," he said.  "Other dirty-minded people think it is for other reasons and I suppose the pin-up girl doesn't help, but she looks great on the front and is very much part of the typical 1950s era look."

Mr Berry's business, Vintage Adventure Flights, offers flights in the T28 starting from $550 for 20 minutes, and packages including aerobatics and simulated combat manoeuvres can be tailored to
the customer.

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