Trojan Phlyers to perform at Texas airshow

The Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for their sixth year of performing in at the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Air Show July 7 in Cedar Creek Lake, Texas.

The two-ship team is piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilots performing precision close formation aerobatic routines demonstrating the cutting edge performance of the Trojan T28 warbird and the flying expertise acquired in formal military training.

The Trojan Phlyers have been flying air shows since 1995 and have performed at over 100 shows 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.  The aircraft carry the logos of the US Air Force and the US Marines.

Both aircraft have Wright Cyclone R1820-86B nine-cylinder radial engines rated at 1,425 horsepower. The fully aerobatic aircraft can takeoff in less than 800 feet of runway, climb to 10,000 feet in less than 90 seconds, race level above 335 mph, and dive faster than 380 mph. In fact, the T28 can outperform most World War II fighters at low altitude, officials say.

The two-ship formation aerobatic demonstration team consists of Chip Lamb and John Sledge. Lamb, the demonstration team leader, flew F4 Phantoms in the active duty Air Force and F16s 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. Sledge, the demo team wingman, is a retired USMC Colonel having served in Vietnam flying F8 Crusaders from the aircraft carriers, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Ticonderoga, and the USS Constellation. He served in the USMC or the USMC Reserve for 30 years before retiring. He is also a retired USAir captain. Both pilots are decorated war combat veterans and have some 42,000 flight hours amassed between them.

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