015 – North American Trainers Association

North American Aircraft always put in a good showing at major air shows, thanks, in part, to the popularity of the T-6 and T-28 in the warbird community. Since I had just come from the NATA formation flying clinic in Punta Gorda, it was fun seeing these same planes at Sun ‘n Fun, and knowing who was flying most of the planes. In some cases, I realized I’d been sitting in the back seat of a few of those planes, just a couple of days before.

There were a couple of precision flying teams that took center stage. The Aeroshell team is a regular at the big air shows, and SnF was no exception.

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The T-28 team, Trojan Thunder, also put on quite a show a couple of days during the show

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There’s not much that beats the sound of a T-28…unless it’s a group of T-28s!

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Ken Fardie’s T-28C, N4168E

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Cavanaugh Air’s T-28B, NX828JC

And N228TS, listed officially as a NA-200

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Mick Thorstenson’s T-28C, N28XC

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Ralph “SkyDoc” Glasser’s T-28B, N28XT

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Paul Walter’s good-looking T28C, NX289RD.

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Doug Hulse’s T-28B, N555PF

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N2215D, T-28C

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N9025Y, T-28C

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Luc Joly’s T-28C, N161JP

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Alf Beam earned his lead card at Punta Gorda In his T-28C, C-GKOL

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Todd Winemiller was the T-6 Lead, flying N8994, a Harvard 2

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N3639F, Jeff Shetterly’s SNJ-6

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N7055C, SNJ-5

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N3307, T-6G

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Dan Haug’s AT-6D,m N29963

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David Prescott’s AT-6D, N319AP

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Kurt Holstein’s AT-6D N29965

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N7061C, David Duplantis’ AT-6C. My longtime Facebook friend was kind enough to take me up at Punta Gorda

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Doug Muzik gave me my first ride at Punta Gorda last year in his AT-6D, N3771M

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N645DS is Don Stamp’s SNJ-5

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If anyone can help with the missing pilot identities, please let me know!

Thanks,

Jay

 

2 thoughts on “015 – North American Trainers Association

  1. Jack

    Great shots Jay, I had 10 hours in the T-X Texan when I reported to Randolph AFB in 1950, then another 200 hours in it before Mustangs in Korea. Those were the days. 😎😎

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