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Photograph courtesy Roy Mills, photographer for North American Aviation
"My good friend, NAA ace test pilot George Hoskins, lost his life in this YAT-28E" - Roy Mills
0-13788 (MSN 174-326) Assigned to Amarillo Training Center, Amarillo AFB, TX to MASDC 14Oct59. To North American Aviation, Columbus, OH. Converted to North American Model 284, designated YAT-28E, prototype number 3 with further modified tail, and revised canopy. First flight Jul64. Evaluated by NAA and USAF. Returned to NAA Jan65 and stored. Loaned to US Navy Bureau of Naval Weapons, Research Development Test & Evaluation [UWEPSREP RDT&E] as 513788 for evaluation 24Jan66 to 3May66. Returned to USAF and assigned to 1st Air Commando Wing, Eglin AFB, FL. SOC 24Aug66. To MASDC as TA132 Aug 24, 1966. Reclaimed 7Jun67. Returned to NAA and stored. Wings cut off. Preserved and on display at Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ. Removed from display by 1976. Sold for restoration.
0-13788 YAT-28E sits in the desert boneyard 1968
Hot Trojan: C&J's YAT-28E Project Warbirds WorldWide 1999 article, click on thumbnails below to enlarge
click on YAT-28E 0-13788 Flight Manual to read
Color photographs courtesy Lou Franco
"My buddy at work went looking for Corvair tires and when he came back from lunch he told me he saw a "blue" Air Force trainer sitting in the yard (he is color blind). I asked him was it tandom or side by side seating and when he told me tandom I drew a picture of a T-28 and he said "yup that's it." So I went over there and low and behold it was the 2nd prototype YAT-28E!! Apparently the owner of the 3rd prototype didn't want this airframe around anymore and told the scrap man take her away and cut it up. He is currently trying to sell the 3rd airframe for 375K, I'm not sure why he would want this one scrapped considering how rare it is. The scrap guy happens to like aircraft so he just kept it stored and used it for prop in his shop. He didn't want to sell it, but after I told him I pulled a F4D-1 Skyray out of Colonia Park he lit up, it was the plane he used to play on as a kid. We talked a bit more and then he said he liked my intention of trying to restore it and sold it to me."