Tuesday, May 12, 2015

John's T-28 Fennec


The T-28 has 1,425 HP (R-1820 radial). 345MPH with a 35,000 foot ceiling. The T-28 carries 177 gallons of fuel and at full power it's gone in 45 minutes, but oh my what a ride..... Total air time after restoration was 617.9 hours when John sold it. History: Fennec #1, 51-7632: Concerted from a T-28A to a Fennec served with the French Armee de L'Air after which went to the Royal Moroccan Air Force (S/N CNA-EP). In 1978 went to the Honduran Air Force. In 1985 it went to Honduran civil registration HR-226A. In the late 90's went to the U.S. under civil registry restored as N632NA as a T-28D. Ex-USAF T-28As converted in 1959 for use by the French Armee de l'Air, replacing the Morane-Saulnier MS.733A. It was flown by their Escadrilles d'Aviation Légère d'Appui (EALA; "Light Aviation Support Squadrons") in the counter insurgency (COIN) role in North Africa from 1959 to 1962. Fitted with an electrically powered sliding canopy, side-armor, a 1,200 hp Wright R-1820-97 supercharged radial engine (the model used in the B-17 bomber), and four underwing hardpoints. It is referred to as the "S" variant because its engine had a supercharger on it; it has also been referred to as the T-28F variant – with the "F" standing for France.

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