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Keep Improving It.
By most accounts it’s fair to say that Air Tractor founder Leland Snow did more to advance the ag aviation industry than any other single individual. To examine the career of this extraordinary man is to trace the development and advancement of the modern spray plane, and the heritage of Air Tractor.
Leland Snow designed his first ag airplane, the S-1, in 1951. The 23-year old Snow completed test flights with the S-1 in 1953. He flew the S-1 on dusting and spraying jobs in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in Nicaragua until 1957. The next year, Snow moved his aircraft production activities to Olney, Texas where he established The Snow Aeronautical Company. In his new manufacturing facilities, he began building the models S-2A and S-2B airplanes.
Why Air Tractor
Air Tractor Is Employee Owned
- SAFETY: Pilot safety is first and foremost.
- INNOVATION: Always going one better for you.
- SUPPORT: Parts. Service. Expertise.
- QUALITY: Aircraft built to perform.
On July 1, 2008 Air Tractor, Inc. became an employee-owned company with the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Today, the employee-owners at Air Tractor produce the most extensive line of ag aircraft with 400, 500, 600, 800 and 1,000-gallon capacities and powered by reliable Pratt & Whitney piston or turbine engines.
Air Tractor aircraft can be found working over fields and forests across the United States and around the globe — in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Spain, Eastern Europe, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. As was Leland Snow’s dream, Air Tractor is truly the world’s ag plane.