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(1) Beechcraft T-34C Turbomentor. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mr. Richard Stewart (1) Beechcraft T-34C Turbomentor. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mr. Richard Stewart
(2) Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mr. Richard Stewart (2) Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II. Photo: U.S. Navy by Mr. Richard Stewart
(3) The last class of T-28 SNAs - VT-27, 1984. Photo: A.A.S. (3) The last class of T-28 SNAs - VT-27, 1984. Photo: A.A.S.
(4) The End of an Era (4) The End of an Era "cruise" book for VT-27. Photo: A.A.S.
(5) North American T-28B Trojan.  Photo: U.S. Navy (5) North American T-28B Trojan. Photo: U.S. Navy
(6) The current VT-27 squadron insignia. Photo: U. S. Navy (6) The current VT-27 squadron insignia. Photo: U. S. Navy
(7) Grumman TS-2A Tracker - BuNo 133226.  Photo; NNAM (7) Grumman TS-2A Tracker - BuNo 133226. Photo; NNAM
Photo Captions:

(1) On 25 July 2013, Ensign Mary McGhee, a student naval aviator assigned to VT-27, taxies after completing the squadron's final flight in a Beechcraft T-34C Turbomentor training aircraft.

(2) Fire trucks spray water over two Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II training aircraft to celebrate their arrival - 26 July 2012 - at VT-27, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. The aircraft are replacing the venerable T-34C Turbomentor as the primary flight training aircraft for Student Naval Aviators.

(3) This was the last class of Student Naval Aviators assigned to learn to fly in the T-28 Trojan. At the time VT-27 was the last squadron to operate the T-28. This class checked aboard VT-27 on 28 July 1983.

(4) A special "cruise" book honoring the End of the Era for the North American T-28 was published in 1984. The emblem on the front cover represents the special patch worn on the flight suits of T-28 Student Naval Aviators and their Instructor Pilots.

(5) The End of its Era for a North American T-28B Trojan - BuNo 138278 - as it descends over the storage facility at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona - circa 1983. Note that the aircraft is completely devoid of any squadron marking. As each bird was scheduled for this last flight all such markings were removed. Several Student Naval Aviators, however, did stencil their, and their instructors names, on the canopy rails.
Many of these retired VT-27 birds later found themselves with civilian owners.

(6) This is the current VT-27 squadron insignia. It was officially approved by the U.S. Navy on 16 June 1978.

(7) Seen at NAS North Island, California, on 12 June 1965, this Grumman TS-2A Tracker - BuNo 133226 - was assigned to VT-27 as an advanced multi-engine land trainer.
 

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