North American SNJ-2 'Texan'

  Manufacturer:North American

  Base model:SNJ
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1939-1948
  Basic role:Scout trainer
  Crew:Instructor & Pupil
  First Flew:1940/03/29

  Length: 27' 2" 8.2 m
  Height:13' 3" 4.0 m
  Wingspan: 42' 0" 12.8 m
  Wingarea: 248.0 sq ft 23.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 3,250 lb 1,473 kg
  Gross Weight: 4,440 lb 2,013 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-36
  Horsepower (each): 600

  Max Speed: 214 mph 344 km/h 185 kt
  Climb: 1,200 ft/min 365 m/min
  Ceiling: 24,000 ft 7,314 m

Known serial numbers
2008 / 2043, 2548 / 2572


Recent comments by our visitors
 Scott Stoddard
 Waukesha, WI
I noticed that your known serial numbers of flying SNJ-2's excluded that of 2027, beautifully restored and flying. I personally got a good look at the plane. It is owned by Bill Spurling of Evansville, IN. The plane is registered as N40HS and FAA records show it as a 1946 production model, but the owner informed me it is a 1941, so it is somewhere in between there. There is a registry of these planes that contains a record of 2027 at http://www.warbirdregistry.org/texanregistry/snj-bu2027.html
I work at American Champion Aircraft, where Bill stopped in to with N40HS after Osh Kosh to view our progress on his Super Decathalon, S/N 1002-05.
07/28/2005 @ 22:45
 john greenlee
 fairfax station, VA
Interesting comment. Photographer Charles W. Cushman's beautiful Kodachome pictures of SNJ-2 tail number 2015 (the number 12 is on fuselage) at Chicago's Cook County Airport on November 15, 1941 found here:


Pictured with the aircraft is "Lt. McK. Shannon", USN. A second picture shows Lt. Shannon with his father.
11/30/2004 @ 16:47
 CDR James "Tige" Brown, Retired
 Moon Township, PA
After fighter training in the F4U-1 Corsair was completed on 22 November 1942, and before reporting to the fleet, I was ordered to CARQUAL GLENVIEW (carrier qualification on the U.S.S. Wolverine in Lake Michigan). There I made 8 landings on December 3 in SNJ-2 Bureau Bumber 7002. The arresting hook was dropped by a rope in the cockpit and retracted the same way. If you were alive and in downtown Chicago that day, there was light snow. After completing our eight required carrier landings about 12 of us engaged in a dogfight above downtown in the afternoon snow and sun.
07/04/2000 @ 10:18