The German Luftwaffe´s Jagdgeschwader 71 "Richthofen" celebrated its 50th anniversary among others with a Photocall on 5 and 6 June 2009.
North American T-28B Trojan N228AC in US Navy 140025 / 252 / 5T138 was one of the highlights of this Spottertag der JG71R at Wittmundhafen
Air Base near Wittmund in Germany. History of this airframe began in 1954, when it was one of a batch of 51 T-28B ordered (bureau # 140002
- 140052); the 1956-built airframe was delivered to the US Navy using the Bu. # 140025 and transferred to the US Marine Corps and assigned
to SOES-12 (Station Operations and Engineer Squadron), MCAS Quantico, Virginia. On 17 October 1976, the "140025" was transferred to the Military
Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) as 5T0067, with 29 May 1978 given as struck of charge. The airframe was sold to Lester Industries,
San Antonio, Texas, and departed the MASDC facilities on 31 March 1980. The same year, the airframe was delivered to the Honduras Air Force
(Fuerza Aérea Hondureña) where it served until 1985 as FAH-223 with the Escuela Militar de Aviación. In June 1985, the aircraft was registered
HR-AKN-P. In September 1985, the aircraft was registered N125AC in the US with Courtesy Aircraft Inc., located at the Greater Rockford Airport
in Rockford, Illinois., Rockford, Illinois. The same month, the North American T-28B was disassembled at Comeyagua AB, Honduras, and in October
1985 shipped in a container to New Orleans, Louisiana. After the N125AC was restored into flying condition, the North American T-28B was sold in
Canada and on 5 December 1986 registered C-FJVW with J. Johnston, Edmonton, Alberta. On 3 November 1987, registration C-FJVW was cancelled, but
on 20 November 1987, registration C-FJVW was restored with W. Crow, Delta, BC, as the new owner. In that period the aircraft was seen painted
in red and white colours as MARINES 140025 / Quantico "sponsored by Nahanni Helicopters". On 20 August 1990, the aircraft was damaged in an incident
at Lindell, BC. In 1991, the C-FVW was seen active again in the present grey 'NAVY' colours, with 'IL' painted on its tail. On 21 August 1991,
registration C-FJVW was cancelled as exported to the USA and in October 1991, the North American T-28B Trojan was registered N228AC in the US
with Stallion Aircraft Inc, Bensenville, IL. In July 1997, the N228AC was ferried to Brescia-Montichiari in Italy via Reykjavik, Iceland and
Wick, Scotland, on delivery to Tita Rossi, Montichiari, Italy. On 17 October 1997, the N228AC was registered with North Aircraft Inc, Wilmington,
DE, on behalf of the new owner/operator. In 2006, North American T-28B Trojan N228AC changed its base to Flugplatz Stadtlohn-Vreden in Germany,
where it is based since. On 26 June 2013, the N228AC was registered with Aircraft Guaranty Corp. Trustee, Onalaka, Texas, like North Aircraft Inc.
an “Insured fiduciarie".