World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Naval Aircraft Factory SBN

Article Id: WHEBN0002010578
Reproduction Date:

Title: Naval Aircraft Factory SBN  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: SBN, List of bomber aircraft, SBA, List of aircraft (N), List of aircraft of World War II, List of attack aircraft, List of military aircraft of the United States (naval)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Naval Aircraft Factory SBN

An SBN-1 of Torpedo Squadron Eight, 1941
Role Scout bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer Brewster
Naval Aircraft Factory
First flight 1936
Introduction 1941
Primary user United States Navy
Number built 1 (SBA)
30 (SBN)

The Naval Aircraft Factory SBN was a United States three-seat mid-wing monoplane scout bomber/torpedo aircraft designed by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation and built under license by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The landing gear was similar to that on the Brewster F2A Buffalo fighter aircraft. The SBN had non-folding wings with perforated flaps.


The United States Navy issued a specification for a scout-bomber in 1934 and the competition was won by Brewster. One prototype designated the XSBA-1 was ordered on October 15, 1934. The prototype first flew on April 15, 1936,[1] and was delivered to the Navy for testing. Some minor problems were found during testing and the aircraft was given a more powerful engine. Because of the pressures of producing and developing the Brewster F2A Buffalo the company was unable to produce the aircraft and the Navy acquired a license to produce the aircraft itself at the Naval Aircraft Factory. In September 1938, the Navy placed an order for 30 production aircraft. Due to pressures of work at the NAF, it did not deliver the first aircraft, now designated the SBN, until 1941; the remaining aircraft were delivered between June 1941 and March 1942.

Operational history

Obsolete before their delivery in 1941, some of the early production aircraft were used for operation carrier trials with Torpedo Squadron Eight in 1941 and then passed on for use as trainers. With lack of spare parts, the aircraft were withdrawn from service from August 1942.


Brewster-built prototype, one built.
NAF license-built production aircraft, 30 built.


United States Navy

Specifications (SBN-1)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 (pilot, navigator, gunner)
  • Length: 27 ft 8 in (8.43 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 7 in (2.64 m)
  • Wing area: 259 ft2 (24.1 m2)
  • Gross weight: 3759 lb (3066 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright XR-1820-22 Cyclone radial engine, 950 hp (709 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 254 mph (409 km/h)
  • Range: 1015 miles (1633 km)
  • Service ceiling: 28,300 ft (8600 m)
  • 1 × rearward-firing, flexible .30 in (7.62 mm) machine gun
  • Up to 500 lb (230 kg) of bombs
  • See also

    Related lists


    • Swanborough, Gordon and Peter M. Bowers. United States Navy Aircraft since 1911. London: Putnam, Second edition 1976. ISBN 0-370-10054-9.
    This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
    Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
    By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

    Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
    a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.