Airbase Arizona - Commemorative Air Force


The Pilot Maker

We are thrilled to have the Buffalo Heritage Squadron’s SNJ-4 join us at our Albany, NY Tour stop!  Book your seat on this exciting WWII advanced trainer known as “The Pilot Maker” before all the flights are sold out!

Wartime Mission:
Trained several hundred thousand pilots in 34 countries. Named “the pilot maker” by its crews, it was a trainer aircraft with all the characteristics of a high-speed fighter with more maneuverability and easier handling. It was designed to give the best possible training in all types of tactics, from ground strafing to bombardment and aerial dog-fighting, and contained such versatile equipment as bomb racks, blind-flying instrumentation, gun and standard cameras, fixed and flexible guns, and just about every other device that military pilots had to operate.

The SNJ Texan established a unique racing class at the Reno National Air Races and is a regular participant at air shows. It’s made many movie appearances including Tora, Tora, Tora; A Bridge Too Far, and many more.


Flight Experience Details:
Number of Passengers: 1
Price: $360
Accessibility: Must be able to climb onto wing and into cockpit. Total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 450 lbs.
Ear Protection: Headset (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity: Medium – High

This particular SNJ N224X was manufactured in Dallas, Texas with Serial Number: 88-13041 and Navy Bureau Number: 27585.  It was manufactured under the Government Contract #DA W535-AC8 dated April 10th, 1941 and was built in a block of 2,400 airplanes between July 1942 and June 1943.  This SNJ-4 was accepted into service by the Navy on April 13th, 1943.

Flights on this plane

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