Designed to replace the aging AT-6/SNJ Texan, the prototype T-28 first
flew in 1949. The T-28 entered U.S. Air Force service in 1950 and Navy service
in 1954. The T-28A was powered by the Wright
R-1300; later models used the R-1820.
In addition to training, modified T-28s were used as Counter Insurgency
(COIN) ground attack aircraft in Vietnam. The last Navy T-28s were
phased out of service in 1984. Almost 2,000 were built.