Fantastic Ground-up Restoration, Custom Smoke System
Price Reduced!



938 hours since Ground-up Restoration
9529 hours TTSNEW


Wright Cyclone R-1820-86B, 1425 hp.
263 Hrs SMOH by Airmotive Inc.


Hamilton Standard 43D50
263 Hours SPOH, AD Next Due July 2017


-Over 30,000 man-hours were documented and paid for
-Every nut and bolt was removed for a complete disassembly and ground-up restoration
-All components/assemblies were chemically stripped of paint, inspected and repaired or overhauled and finish paint over epoxy primer
-Many systems were re-engineered and/or improved
-A photo of the bare fuselage appears on page 130 of Robert Genat’s book Final Tour of Duty showing the beautifully bare fuselage on a rotisserie (see photo)
-Several skins were replaced with new on the fuselage
-The leading edges of the wings were replaced with new
-Many other extensive repairs/improvements were made
-All components were primed with PPG epoxy paint
One of the top ground-up restorations in the country
Awarded “Best T-28, Oshkosh 1997”
Numerous re-engineered systems and equipment for convenience and reliability
Completely chemically stripped, epoxy primed and parts individually painted to replicate zinc-chromate, yellow or green
Includes operational control shift in each cockpit
-The interior was painted with PPG Durathane to replicate yellow zinc-chromate
-Some components were finish painted the green zinc-chromate
-The exterior paint scheme was done without the standard black exhaust track, but took the colors from Herb’s brother being in CAG 11, Squadron VF112, which had green noses on the Kearsarge, CVA 33 during the Korean War
-The wiring harness is new
-All of the hydraulic lines were fabricated new using gold anodized tubing
-All new hardware was use throughout
-Used Cleveland wheels and brakes
-The full Darton Clean-Kit was installed new
-All three pieces of the canopy were new
-Using the “B” prop giving more speed
-The pre-oil pump is a DC-3 prop feathering pump, very large and efficient



-Accumulated 8,591 hours, plus time since restoration, while in the NAVY (NAVY logs included)
-Chemically stripped and pressure washed
-PPG epoxy primer was used throughout using special nozzles from the automotive industry to paint around corners thoroughly
-PPG Durathane finish paint was used inside and out
-New surplus parts included the following
-All 6 pieces of cowling
-Main and nose gear doors
-Cowl flaps
-Forward fixed and front and rear sliding canopies

Special Modifications

-The seats were modified for very easy removal and installation (four pins)
-Baggage door was reinforced and re-skinned
-Component shelf over the battery was extended the full width for the 16 gallon smoke-oil tank
-The use of control heads also allowed the installation of glove boxes with drink holder in each cockpit.
-The horizontal stabilizers were modified/strengthened


-Standard generator was new (spare included)
-A new solid state voltage regulator was used (spare included)
-AC is a solid state inverter with two new phase converters (spare included)
-Front cockpit has a analog Volt/ammeter
-Master Avionics switch controls:
-NAT Intercom/Audio Panel
-Collins Pro Line Radios
-Two VHF 20A Communications (spare included)
-One VIR 30A Navigation with Glideslope and Marker (spare included)
-One ADF 60 Navigation
-One TDR 90 Transponder with altitude encoder
-One TruTrak DigiFlight II VS Autopilot installed with rigid linkage
-One Garmin 296 GPS
-The gyro compass control heads and the No 1 Comm control heads were new surplus, all others overhauled and certified (spare gyro compass and amps included)
-No 1 Comm has a flip-flop control head with two frequencies
-Both cockpits have identical control heads, with a “Give” or “Take” switch for each radio using solid state relays
-All control heads are dzus rail mounted
-All original navigation instruments were used, some modified to solid state compatibility (the panel replicates the original NAVY look)
-The aircraft is set up for a Shadin fuel computer
-AC fuses were replaced with new solid state etc
-All new wiring harness was custom fabricated and installed for the electrical and electronics systems
-All plugs, receptacles, wiring strips and miscellaneous components were Overhauled and treated before assembly
-The rotating beacons have been replaced with solid state units using the original red lens

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Aircraft Profile:


-First accepted by the NAVY on May 17, 1957 as BU No 140661
-Overhauled 6 – 67 at NAS Pensacola, FL
-Purchased as a basket case in 1992
-Overhauled from 1992 to 1996
-First flight after restoration April 24, 1996


Annual Inspection  Completed July 2018 by Heritage Aero
Fresh IFR Certification


Overall Gray with U.S. Navy markings and Stars & Bars, excellent condition


Light Grey Cockpits, excellent condition



The smoke system is custom designed and the world’s only such design.  It uses the Sanders components, housed within the modified wingtip.  Cooling air in a housing concentric to the burning chamber and the use of ceramic materials and stainless steel keep the heat contained.  The smooth exit for the smoke into the strong vortex twists the smoke causing it to linger longer than any other system.  The two trails of smoke will reform into unusual shapes when two or more G’s are being introduced.  The tank holds 16 gallons that will last 10 to 12 minutes.
Each smoke generator has solenoids at the wingtip for the fuel and oil plus electrical control wiring for the ignition and solenoids.  A switch is provided for each for control from the cockpit.  Two push switches are on the stick grip, one for ON and one for OFF, after the System Master and Fuel Master are selected ON.


The B-8 grip incorporates the ICS/Radio switch for the index finger, the Autopilot OFF switch for the pinkie, and the two Smoke System switches for the thumb.  The Coolie Hat switch is used fore and aft to control the Cowl Flaps OPEN and CLOSED.  It is much easier to operate here that to reach around the throttle quadrant for the standard switch.


Custom panels were fabricated incorporating conveniences such as the Darton Clean Kit switches and others.


The new engine was fitted with new overhauled carburetor, magnetos, starter and pre-oiler motor.  Propeller and governor overhauled.   The exhaust system was coated with a flexible ceramic inside and out.  Phillips XC 25W60 is used and replaced every 30 hours.  A very large, aftermarket 10-micron filter with by-pass, is in line with the return line to tank.

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Aircraft located in KRFD Airport in IL.