SERIAL NO. 88-10177 / #N 6411D – US Army Air Corps Trainer
Canadian/RAF version called “Harvard.”

This North American SNJ-4 was originally built in 1943. It was delivered to our Wing by truck in many pieces. The restoration is being completed from a number of different SNJs.

Crew Chief:

Joe Peppito

SNJ-4 Crew:
John Jones; Keith Bailey; Howard Ulm;
Wayne Brancato; Alex Ferrasci; Alan Nicholson; Sib Bosso.

North American SNJ-4 Texan N75964 #44 was manufactured in 1943. Its construction number is 88-9830.


Photo credit: Julie Sims

Joe Peppito at work:

Here’s a letter from Joe Peppito:

“The Eagle has landed at Camarillo and delivered a newly-overhauled P&W R-1340-AN1 engine for the SNJ-4. Thanks to the financial support of a lot of dedicated Wing members who helped buy the engine from Chester Roberts Supply in Culterville, Texas. Col. Jack Rogers took care of all the arrangements for the purchase of the engine. We traded the old R-1340 and an R-985 engine in for a core replacement. The engine is now setting on an old engine mount in the Restoration Hangar awaiting new engine mounts so that we can mount the engine on the airplane. This should take place in the very near future.

I want to thank all the people that supported me in obtaining the new engine. You have helped bring our SNJ-4 #N6411D that much closer to flying status! Thanks again!”

Signed: Col. Joe Peppito
Crew Chief, SNJ-4 #N6411D

Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN1 engine for the SNJ-4 #6411D being rebuilt by Joe Peppito and his crew.
Note the P&W logo and the official nameplate. (11-24-05).
Col. Joe Peppito with his new Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN1 engine for the SNJ-4 #N6411D being rebuilt.
Joe Peppito working diligently on SNJ-4.(11-29-05)
snj4-05Joe Peppito giving TLC to his airplane.(11-29-05)

Cols. Bedding, Goubitz and Sica, plus anthropologist Wayland working on the SNJ-4’s spar. It is critical to the integrity of the airplane to have a spar which is devoid of corrosion. This is one of the main concerns of the team – the possible replacement of part of the spar with new parts.
Cadet Anthony working on cleaning up a horizontal stabilizer.


Cadet Jessica Bean, daughter of Col Kerry Bean, working on our SNJ-4 #N6411D in the restoration hangar. She is taking flying lessons locally toward earning her private pilot’s license. Her eventual goal is to be a U.S. Air Force pilot.

North American SNJ-4 #N6411D Restoration Crew
Joe Peppito, Crew Chief
Keith Bailey
Alex Ferrasci
Wayne Brancato
Sib Bosso
Alan Nicholson
Johnny Jones

Sponsorship of North American SNJ-4 “Texan”

If you would like to become a proud sponsor of our SNJ-4, please contact:
Col. Joe Peppito, Team Leader
Commemorative Air Force – SoCAWing
455 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: (805) 482-0064
Your donation will be tax-deductible, and will be greatly appreciated and recognized.

Thanks to you, we can “Keep ‘Em Flying!”

Specifications SNJ-4 Texan

Manufacturer: North American

Base model: SNJ
Designation: SNJ
Version: -5
Nickname: Texan (Canada/Gt. Britain – Harvard)
Equivalent to: AT-6D AT6DAT-6D
Service: U.S. Navy / Marines
Basic role: Scout trainer
Designation Period: 1939-1948
Crew: Instructor & Pupil


Length: 29′ 5″ 8.9 m
Height: 11′ 8.5″ 3.5 m
Wingspan: 42′ 0″ 12.8 m
Wingarea: 254.0 sq ft 23.5 sq m
Empty Weight: 4,158 lb 1,885 kg
Gross Weight: 5,300 lb 2,403 kg


No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1
Horsepower: 600


Range: 750 miles (1,207 km )
Cruise Speed: 170 mph (273 km/h 147 kt)
Max Speed: 205 mph (330 km/h 178 kt)
Climb: 1,200 ft/min (365 m/min)
Ceiling: 21,500 ft (6,552 m)