Mike Ginter’s 1943 SNJ-5

Mike Ginter’s 1943 SNJ-5

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Our SNJ-5, “77”, served as a trainer in 1943 & 1944 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida. It was then placed in a military surplus status until it was sold to Spain for service in the Spanish Air Force. The Spanish Air Force installed 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns in the leading edges of each wing for use in gunnery training and ground attack. The aircraft was also modified to carry 200 kg bombs or unguided rockets under the wings.

In 1986, Spain discontinued using this venerable trainer, and this aircraft was repatriated to the United States. This aircraft has been civilian owned ever since. Special care has been taken to maintain this aircraft in its authentic U.S. Navy paint scheme and cockpit layout. With the exception of a modern radio, Transponder and GPS, this aircraft is equipped and flown exactly as it was in 1943.

You will also see at Oshkosh the “sister-Ship” to this Texan – look for the T-6 in Spanish livery – seide number 421-59.



Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N3931R 1943
Aircraft Role Nickname
Trainer “Pilot Maker”
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
North American AT-6/SNJ/ Harvard 42 feet .25 inches
Overall length: Empty weight:
29 feet 6 inches 4158 pounds
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
5300 pounds 110 gallons/ 550 miles
Oil capacity Engine type:
10 Gallons Single 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R1340 AN-1 radial piston engine
Propeller type: Max Speed
Hamilton Standard 12D40 205 mph
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
1500 FPM 155 mph
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
21,500 feet Two
Armament Bomb Load
Spanish Air Force installed 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns None
Number Built Number Surviving
13000 800+



Sister Ships from the same squadron in the Spanish Air Force.


Aircraft is original excpet for a recently overhauls engine. During this overhaul, I had every component overhauls including Hyd pump, fuel pump, Generator, Oil Cooler, Prop Governor, and landing gear actuators.

Restoration Images

0-Time Covington Overhaul of the R-1340 - completed April 2012.



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