Flying is highly addictive. Once you’ve had a taste, you’re hooked forever. Sigi Angerer should know. The former Flying Bulls chief pilot fulfilled his dream of owning a war bird when he purchased the American Trojan. The T-28B became one of the founding icons of the Flying Bulls.
The T-28B was built to succeed the wartime T-28A Trojan, entering production in 1949 for the American Air Force. In this low-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear and Wright radial engine student and instructor would sit behind each other in one cabin. The 1,425 HP T-28B was built in 1954 and stayed with the US Navy in Washington D.C. as a training plane until 1965.
She was later sold to a private owner and restored. However, she found her true admirer much later, when Sigi Angerer spotted her in Oklahoma City. After tough negotiations, the T-28B was finally purchased. But that was just the beginning of the adventure.
To transport the T-28B to Europe, Angerer first flew the plane to California, and then had her taken apart and stored in a 40 -foot container, before being taken to Texas by land. From there she was shipped to Hamburg, Germany. Basel-based Swiss company Jet Aviation then took on the task to piece her back together again.
While still bearing US markings, she landed in Innsbruck in 1987 and it wasn’t until later that she was entered in the Austrian Aircraft Registry. She finally made it to Salzburg, where she has been since 2001. The legendary Trojan T-28B marked the beginning of a truly fascinating collection of airworthy planes that today take centre stage at many air shows.
Since the summer of 2016, the T-28B shines in a whole new light. It has been completely restored for the past few years, involving painstakingly detailed work by technicians from The Flying Bulls. Particularly characteristic are the olive-black coloring and the “NAVY” lettering, which is displayed on the former military airplane. With this unique eyecatcher the skies can be conquered again!