Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team Perform for Eighth Year at Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake

  The exciting Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for their eighth year of performing in the only air show held over a lake in the southwest.  The Trojan Phlyers, always a huge hit with the crowd at the air shows they perform in and have been asked to perform for their eighth year at the Cedar Creek Lake Air Show this year.  Trojan Phlyers are a two ship demo team piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilotsperforming exciting precision close formation aerobatic routines demonstrating the cutting edge performance of the Trojan T28 warbird and the flying expertise acquired in formal military training.  Their show is unique in the air show industry.

The Trojan Phlyers are as exciting as a jet team with their high speed action and the roar of the big engines!  They provide the Smoke, the Thunder and the Excitementas they fly their historic T28 aircraft rich in military history in an exceptional and thrilling performance and salute the veterans or our great nation and the men and women who continue to serve and protect us today.

The Trojan Phlyers have been flying air shows since 1995 and have performed at shows 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.
Trojan Phlyers, Inc. is a group of aviation professionals dedicated to preserving and demonstrating the rich military history of the North American Aviation Company’s T28 Trojan. 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. In fact, the T28 can outperform most World War II fighters at low altitude and turn faster than a P-51 Mustang.

The two-ship formation aerobatic demonstration team consists of Chip Lamb and John Sledge. Chip flew F4 Phantoms in the active duty Air Force and F16’s 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.  John Sledge, the demo team wingman, is a retired USMC Colonel having served in Viet Nam flying F8 Crusaders from the aircraft carriers, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Ticonderoga, and the USS Constellation. John 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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