Our Aircraft’s History

Beechcraft SNB-5 Expeditor (S/N 43-33316; MSN 5470; Bureau #67103) ~ Our Expeditor was a Beechcraft Aircraft production from Wichita, Kansas.  Delivered to the US Army Air Force as a Beech AT-7 on October 26, 1943.  The Army stationed the aircraft at the US Army Air Force Navigation School in San Marcos, Texas for 2 years before being transferred to the US Navy and re-designated a SNB-2. Rebuilt in 1949 to eventually become its present SNB-5 with the US Navy in August of 1951.

The SNB-5 spent time with the Marine Corps (February 1952) and US Army (August 1968), the University of Kansas as N200KU (August 1971) and finally with the MARC organization (September 1984).

The SNB-5 was flown to MAPS Air Museum in September 1990 on a loan from the Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) of Chino, California.  The aircraft is maintained by Crew Chief Chet Starn.

Specifications/Performance:

  • Crew: 2 pilots (capacity: 6 passengers)
  • Role: Trainer or Utility aircraft
  • Nation of Origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Beechcraft Aviation Corporation 
  • First Flight: January 15, 1937
  • Entered Service: March 1, 1937
  • Status in the United States Military: Retired June 14, 1976
  • Produced: 1927-1970
  • Number Built: 9000+
  • Unit Cost:$78,500 (1952)
  • Engine: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 “Wasp Junior” radial engines, 450 hp each
  • Length: 34 ft
  • Height: 9 ft 9 in
  • Empty Weight: 5,420 lb
  • Max Weight: 7,500 lb
  • Cruise Speed: 220 mph
  • Max Speed: 225 mph
  • Range: 1,200 mi at 160 mph/5,000 ft
  • Service Ceiling: 26,ooo ft

    ARMAMENT, NOTABLE: 

Designed to replace: Beechcraft SNB-2 “Navigator”

Intended replacement: Cessna T-37 “Tweet” (Air Force)