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North American T-28 (No. 119) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Currently owned by a company called Radial Revelation and operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford is North American T-28B Fennec (No. 119). Although serving with the French Air Force, this Fennec is unlikely to have served in the Algerian conflict. It is most likely that it was used for training duties in France. It was retired from the French Air Force in October 1967 and passed through several owners, including the Haitian Air Force before arriving at Duxford in November 1997. It is painted in French Air Force camouflage.

(Picture August 2002)


 

North American T-28A Fennec (No. 142) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Operated by the Old Flying Machine Company at Duxford is North American T-28A Fennec (No. 142). This aircraft was restored by the French-based T-28 specialist Jean Claude Calvet in 1988. It has the ground support markings of EALA 09/72, which was a unit based in Mecharia, Algerian during the Algerian conflict of the late 1950's. It arrived at it's Duxford base in 1998.

 

(Picture March 2003)


   
North American T-28C Trojan at Flixton - Click for Full Image

The fuselage of North American T-28C Trojan (146289) can be seen at the Norfolk and Suffolk Museum at Flixton. This aircraft initially served with the US Navy for 3 years from October 1957. It was later used by training squadron VT-5 in the US for pilot deck landing training on the USS Lexington before serving with VT-3. It was struck off charge in 1964 and joined the Congo Air Force in Leopoldville as FA-289 for operations in the light attack role in the Congo War. When Congo became Zaire it was became an attack trainer (FG-289) before becoming surplus to requirements in 1977. It was then bought privately but suffered a forced landing at Limoges, France on 14/Dec/77 during it's ferry flight back to the US. The fuselage ended up in a garden in East Ham before being brought to Flixton in May 1981. The excellent information board at Flixton indicates that during repainting eight sets of insignia were found; 2 US Navy, 4 Congo Air Force, 1 Zaire Air Force and 1 US Ferry registration.

 

(Picture August 2002)

   
 

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