VT-6 Shooters T-28 Model
Fly with VT-6 again in this hand crafted T-28 model. Each piece is carved from wood and hand painted to provide a piece you’ll love! 18 inches.
VT-6’s lineage goes back to the formation of the Multi-Engine Training Group (METG) that was established at NAS Forrest Sherman Field on 1 July 1956. At the time of the formation of the METG, prop students in the Basic Training Command received primary training in the T-34B and intermediate training in the T-28B/C. On May 1, 1960 the METG was re-designated Training Squadron SIX (VT-6) as the third primary flight training squadron for the United States Navy located in NAS Whiting Field Milton, Florida. Originally, the TC-45 was used in the advanced instrument training pipeline for students going to helicopters or Lighter-than-Air (LTA) training. VT-6 has served uninterrupted in this capacity since its commissioning providing the initial flight training education for essentially one fifth of all Navy and Marine Corps student Naval Aviators. An additional requirement placed upon all of the existing training squadrons currently includes the instruction of U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force aviators as well as international students from various allied nations.
Since the establishment of VT-6 in 1960, there have been five aircraft used for student training: TC-45 Expeditor, T-28 Trojan, T-34B Mentor, T-34C Turbo Mentor and currently the T6-B Texan . Concurrent with the transition from the older more sturdy T-28 to the present T-6B there was a major modification in the mission of VT-6. During the era of the T-28, the training squadrons now referred to as “primary” squadrons were used to train pilots from entry level flight training to air-to-air combat, air-to-ground gunnery and ultimately, to land aboard the aircraft carrier. With the introduction of the T-34 and T-6B, and subsequently intermediate and advanced flight training, that mission was modified to provide only the initial training in aviation hence the derivation of the name “primary” training squadron.