Trojan Phylers at Air Power Expo

Based south of Fort Worth, Texas, the Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for its performance in the first airshow NAS JRB Ft Worth has had in several years.

The Trojan Phlyers will perform at the joint reserve base April 26-27.

The two ship team is piloted by 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 airshows since 1995 and have performed at over 150 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. These aircraft were used to teach Navy and Marine aviators basic transition, formation, aerobatics, and instrument procedures and techniques. The aircraft carry the logos of the US Air Force and the US Marines.

The Trojan Phlyers own and operate two T-28B aircraft. Both aircraft have Wright Cyclone R1820-86B nine-cylinder radial engines rated at 1425 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.

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 44,000 flight hours amassed between them.

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