Airbase Arizona - Commemorative Air Force


Sonoran Beauty

A rare Twin Beechcraft 18 in its original military configuration minus wartime radios. It was built at the Beech Aircraft factory as an SNB-2 and served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from July 1943 until 1965 and is a three war veteran. It served state side as a navigation trainer or transport carrier and was upgraded to the SNB-5 configuration in the early 50’s. The MHW also has the original Navy log books.

Flight Details

All seats have a window. Passengers remain seated during the flight. Flight time is approximately 20 minutes in the air.

Number of Passengers: 5 (2 rows of 2 seats and 1 seat in cockpit)
Price: $200 for cockpit seat, $99/VIP seat in the passenger cabin.
Accessibility: Please see disclaimer below
Ear Protection: Earplugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity: Low (typically less than a small commercial airliner)

1943 Beechcraft 18 UC-45J/SNB-5

General Characteristics
Type: Cargo/Light Transport
Manufacturer: Beech
Maiden Flight: 15 January 1937
Introduced: 1937
Theater of War: World War II through 1976
Number Produced: 1,300 of several variants
Status: Retired 1976 by U.S. Army

Crew: 2 Pilots
Wingspan: 47 ft 8 in
Length: 34 ft 2 in
Height: 9 ft 8 in
Empty Weight: 6,175 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 8,727 lbs

Power Plant: (2) Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Twin Wasp Junior radials
Horsepower: 450 hp (each)
Maximum Speed: 195 knots (225 mph)
Service Ceiling: 26,000 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,850 ft/min
Range: 1,000 nm (1,200 mi)
Cargo/Passengers: 6 Passengers or 2,500 lbs of cargo

Flights on this plane

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SNB-5 - Seating chart

  • Passengers must be 5 years of age or older (12 or older to fly in the cockpit). Passengers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Minors who fly (age 5-17) must have their guardian complete a Minor Hold Harmless agreement and the guardian(s) must be present on the day of flight.
  • There is a minimum number of passengers required to fly this aircraft. If the minimum is not met prior to the flight time, the flight will be cancelled.
  • For safety reasons, all passengers must wear close-toed shoes. No Sandals or flip-flops will be allowed.
  • All flights take-off from and land at the same airport.
  • For your safety and ours, Passengers must be able to enter and exit the aircraft without assistance. Passengers that cannot board without assistance will not be flown. Passengers may be required to demonstrate that they can board and exit the aircraft prior to boarding.
  • For safety reasons, no vaping devices are allowed on any of our aircraft
  • No Firearms are permitted on the aircraft
  • No animals are permitted on the aircraft