VT-28

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Training Squadron Twenty Eight
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VT-28 Logo
Active 1 May 1960 - present
Country United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Type Training
Part of Training Wing Four
Garrison/HQ NAS Corpus Christi
Nickname(s) Rangers
Motto(s) "The Foundation Builders"
Commanders
Current
commander
Commander Travis K. Suggs
Aircraft flown
Trainer T-6B Texan II

The VT-28 "Rangers" is a U.S. Navy primary flight training squadron based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas.

History[edit]

Patch of VT-28 as an Advanced Multi-engine Training Squadron
VT-28 TS-2A Tracker at Miami in 1976

VT-28 was initially established as Advanced Training Unit 611 (ATU-611).[1] The Rangers began as an advanced multi-engine training squadron flying the S2F-1T, a training variant of the Grumman S-2 Tracker. On May 1, 1960 ATU-611 was redesignated VT-28 and in September 1962 its aircraft was redesignated the TS-2A in accordance with the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system.

After decades of use and the designation of thousands of Naval Aviators, the TS-2A was replaced with the T-44A Pegasus twin-engine turboprop trainer in 1979.[2] VT-28 continued training advanced multi-engine aviators until 1990 when the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) reassigned the squadron to be responsible for training instructors and updating training syllabi for the T-44A and T-34C Turbo Mentor. Three years later, CNATRA again reassigned VT-28, this time to be the Navy's fifth primary training squadron flying the T-34C Turbo Mentor.[3] In 2013 the squadron began its transition from the T-34C to the Navy's newest primary flight trainer, the Beechcraft T-6B Texan II

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