(above as of 18 April 2013)
|Total Built:||16,000+ (2,400 for the Navy)|
|Specifications (typical values, our SNJ-4 may differ)|
|Max Weight:||7,100 lbs|
|Armament:||Two fixed .50 cal machine guns|
|Crew:||1 or 2|
|No. of Engines:||1|
|Powerplant:||Pratt & Whitney R-1340|
|Horsepower (each):||550 hp|
|Cruise Speed:||145 mph|
|Max Speed:||208 Mph|
The North American Aviation SNJ-4 is the United States Navy version of the venerable AT-6 Texan. The single-engine, tandem cockpit monoplane was developed as a design modification from the BT-9 basic training aircraft first adopted by the United States Army Air Forces in 1935. 1936 saw the purchase of an initial 40 AT-6 trainers for the U.S. Navy. The aircraft were given the Navy designation of SNJ S for scout, N for trainer and J indicating the manufacturer North American Aviation. Incomplete records show the production of a minimum of 15,000 AT-6/ SNJ variants from 1935 until the 1950s with 2,400 being SNJ-4s.
In addition to the United States, the AT-6/SNJ served in an official military capacity as both a trainer and combat aircraft in the militaries of over 40 countries spanning from 1935 until the late 1990s. Equipped with an arrestor-hook the SNJ-4C allowed Navy student pilots to learn the demanding techniques and complex skills required to take-off and land on a carrier deck. Simple, reliable and capable of performing intricate aerial maneuvers the AT-6/SNJ was a perfect advanced training aircraft and remains a favorite for demonstration teams even today.
The museums SNJ-4 Bureau Number 51360 was delivered to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida in 1943. The aircraft served in Florida and at NAS Glenview, Illinois before returning to Pensacola to retire 1957. with 5,833 hours. On loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force 51360 came to the museum in 1982 with 5,883 hours on the airframe. In 2013, museum staff and volunteers returned SNJ-4 51360 to the WW2 U.S. Navy markings of its first assignment at NAS Pensacola.