PRESS RELEASE- Based south of Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas, the Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for their exciting performance in the first air show NAS JRB Fort Worth has had in several years. The Trojan Phlyers are always a huge hit with the crowd at the air shows they perform in, and look forwards to flying at the Joint Reserve Base on April 26th and 27th.
Trojan Phlyers is a group of aviation professionals dedicated to preserving and demonstrating the rich military history of the North American Aviation Company’s T-28 Trojan. The Trojan Phlyers own and operate two T-28B aircraft. Both aircraft have Wright Cyclone R1820-86B nine-cylinder radial engines rated at 1425hp. The fully-aerobatic aircraft can take off in less than 800′, climb to 10,000′ in less than 90 seconds, race level above 335 MPH, and dive faster than 380 MPH. In fact, the T-28 can outperform most World War II fighters at low altitude.
The two ship team is piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilots performing thrilling precision, close-formation, aerobatic routines demonstrating the cutting edge performance of the T-28 Trojan warbird, and the flying expertise acquired in formal military training. Their show is unique in the air show industry. The Trojan Phlyers are as exciting as a jet team with their high speed action, and the roar of the big engines. They provide the smoke, the thunder, and the excitement as they fly their historic T-28 aircraft rich in military history in an exceptional and awe-inspiring display.
The Trojan Phlyers have been flying at air shows since 1995, and have made over 150 appearances since 2002, from Oshkosh to Acapulco and from New Jersey to California. The Trojan Phlyers’ aircraft were actually used by the US Navy as primary flight trainers to teach Navy and Marine Corps aviators basic transition, formation, aerobatics, and instrument procedures and techniques. The aircraft carry the logos of the US Air Force and the US Marines.
The two-ship formation aerobatic demonstration team consists of Chip Lamb and John Sledge. Chip Lamb, the demonstration team leader, flew F-4 Phantoms in the active duty Air Force and F-16’s in the Texas Air National Guard. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and retired from the US military as a Colonel after 30 years of service to our country. He is also a retired American Airlines Captain. John Sledge, the demo team wingman, is a retired USMC Colonel having served in Viet Nam flying F-8 Crusaders from the aircraft carriers USS Kitty Hawk, USS Ticonderoga, and USS Constellation. John served in the USMC and USMC Reserve for 30 years before retiring. He is also a retired US Airways captain. Both pilots are decorated combat veterans, and have some 44,000 flight hours amassed between them.
Trojan Phlyers website: www.trojanphlyers.com