North American XSN2J


1st Flight 1947

Crew: Two (student and instructor)

Length: 32 ft (9.8 m)

Wingspan: 41 ft (12 m)

Wing area: 236 sq ft (21.9 m2)

Empty weight: 5,500 lb (2,495 kg)

Gross weight: 7,500 lb (3,402 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-78 Cyclone radial, 1,100 hp (820 kW)

Propellers: 3-bladed Hamilton Standard Hydromatic constant-speed propeller, 10 ft 9+1⁄2 in (3.29 m) diameter


Maximum speed: 270 mph (430 km/h, 230 kn)

Cruise speed: 190 mph (310 km/h, 170 kn)

Stall speed: 75 mph (121 km/h, 65 kn)

Range: 1,600 mi (2,600 km, 1,400 nmi)

Service ceiling: 30,000 ft (9,100 m) service

Rate of climb: 2,000 ft/min (10 m/s)


The North American XSN2J-1, also known by the company designation NA-142, was developed for the United States Navy by North American Aviation as a replacement for the SNJ Texan as an advanced scout-trainer.

Designed in competition with the Fairchild XNQ, the XSN2J-1 first flew on 15 February 1947, two aircraft being evaluated by the Navy.

Neither aircraft were considered satisfactory in evaluations; in addition, restrictions on the Navy’s budget meant that the aircraft could not be ordered at the time, and the program was cancelled in 1948.

The similar T-28 Trojan would later be ordered to fill the Navy’s requirement for a new trainer.

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