Our Aircraft’s History

Becker RB-1 “Snowbird” (S/N: unknown) ~ The Snowbird that MAPS obtained was designed by Richard Becker from Willoughby, Ohio, a former US Navy pilot that flew the Consolidated PBY “Catalina” and the Martin PBM “Mariner” in the South Pacific during WWII. Obtained from a field in Ohio, she was refurbished in 2011-12.


  • Role: Amphibious recreational
  • Manufacturer: Richard Becker
  • Engine type: 2 x reciprocating engines
  • Crew: 1 (3 additional passengers)
  • Max takeoff weight: 12,499 lb
  • Cruise speed: 67 mph
  • Length: 26 ft
  • Wingspan: 36 ft
  • Height: 8 ft 2 in

Museum display notes: in storage