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Old 22-09-2014, 18:25   #16
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Thanks! 175 instructors? That must have been a huge training squadron... The old Trojan. I only recognize the aircraft thanks to NAS Pensacola's Aviation museum. Very cool plane. Thanks for your service!

Sam
Thanks for your service too. Good to have you and the family here. VT2 was at Whiting Field east of Pensacola at Milton. There were two squdrons, VT2 and VT3. When I was there they were training pilots for Vietnam and that's why we had so many instructors. My admin officer used to take me up if he needed some hours and I could be spared from the office. Big old radial engine, was it Pratt Whitney?, loud as he--, would do 400 knots but it felt faster.

Engine was a Wright Cyclone 9 cylinder at 1400 hp. I was wrong about the speed. 325 was max. Felt like 400.
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Old 22-09-2014, 18:29   #17
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John - I spent a few happy months at Whiting (1962), so you're not alone.



"Old" Trojan? Museum? My, the time does fly.

But it was a very cool plane. Welcome to Florida sailing, Mac.
Hi Bill,

You must have been a baby in '62? Thanks for your service.

For those looking in on our message. The Trojans we're talking about may not be the kind you are thinking of. Although that kind of museum might be interesting.
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Old 23-09-2014, 16:27   #18
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SkipperMac... have you been joining on the STA cruisers net? 9 AM daily on channel 72. Be sure to check in at the end to let people know you are out there.
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