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July 2, 2014

Trojan Phlyers performing at CCL air show Saturday

Athens — 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, have been asked to perform for their eighth year at the Cedar Creek Lake Air Show this year.

Trojan Phlyers are a 2-ship demo team piloted by highly-decorated combat veteran pilots, performing 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 an exciting  jet team with their high-speed action, and the roar of the big engines.

 They provide the smoke, the thunder and the excitement as they fly their historic T-28 aircraft, rich in military history, in an exceptional and thrilling performance, and salute the veterans of 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 U.S. 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 U.S. Air Force and the U.S. 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 T-28 Trojan.

The Trojan Phlyers own and operate two T-28B aircraft. Both aircraft have Wright Cyclone R1820-86B 9-cylinder radial engines rated at 1,425 horsepower. The fully-aerobatic aircraft can take off 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 T-28 can outperform most World War II fighters at low altitude, and turn faster than a P-51 Mustang.

The 2-ship formation aerobatic demonstration team consists of Chip Lamb and John Sledge.

Lamb flew F4 Phantoms in the active duty Air Force and F16s in the Texas Air National Guard. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and retired from the U.S. 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 Vietnam flying F8 Crusaders from the aircraft carriers, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, U.S.S. Ticonderoga, and the U.S.S. Constellation. Sledge served in the USMC or the USMC Reserve for 30 years before retiring. He is also a retired U.S. Air captain.

Events start at 6 p.m. More details online at tocclairshow.com

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