Sunday, July 31, 2016
Last evening as I drove down County Road 28, heading into the setting sun, I noticed an interesting airplane on the ramp at KIBM.
It's a North American T-28B Trojan, still dressed in the livery she wore in naval service with VT-27 at Corpus Christi.
She has a Lycoming-built R-1820-86 of 1,425 hp and appears to sport the shorter, C-model prop, though I could be mistaken.
The Trojan is owned by Lee Griffin of North Pole, Alaska. A former USAF maintenance officer, Lee appears to have quite a story.
I stopped and took a lot of pics last evening, then stopped and took more this morning, and finally returned to take even more as Lee and his pilot were saddling up for a flight to Rock Springs, Wyoming.
They're on their way to Sacramento after spending the week at Oshkosh.
They were obviously busy and had a long day of flying ahead so I only bothered them enough to say thanks for stopping at Kimball.
I could go on and on about what it felt like to see this aircraft on the ramp just across the county road from the ranch, but I won't. Not sure it would be anything other than gobbledygook to those who've never been on the ramp in the hot Florida sun watching fledgling Naval Aviators learning to master the mighty Trojan.
However you slice it, last evening and this morning were wonderful.
So, just the pics and some video. Vids first. You can click on the pics for larger.
Aviation isn't all rainbows and unicorns though. Just a couple of weeks ago the younger sister of this aircraft crashed up at Cold Lake. The owner and pilot, Bruce Evans, perished.