Production Milestones

1951

Design of Snow S-1

1958

Snow Aeronautical Company moves to Olney from Harlingen, Texas; starts with six employees
First plane (S-2B) completed and flight tested
FAA certification received
Ground broken for new plant

1959

Company moves into new facility
First three planes leave the factory
First production S-2B flown

1960

First delivery to a foreign country (Panama)

1961

S-2C test flown
100th plane delivered, to Mississippi operator

1963

First flight of the S-2D prototype

1964

Company moves into new office building and expanded plant facilities

1965

Production increased to one plane every three working days
S-2D certification completed
Snow Aeronautical acquired by Rockwell-Standard

1966

First S-2R test flown

1970

Rockwell moves ag plane production to Albany, GA

1972

Leland Snow returns to Olney and begins construction of the first Air Tractor

1973

AT-300 test flown

1974

AT-301 test flown

1975

Twenty Air Tractors delivered
24 employees move into new plant

1977

AT-302 test flown

1979

AT-400 is test flown, the first Pratt & Whitney PT-6-powered Air Tractor aircraft

1983

AT-250 test flown

1984

AT-500 test flown

1986

AT-503 test flown
AT-401 test flown

1987

AT-501 test flown
AT-502 test flown

1988

AT-402 test flown

1990

AT-802, world’s largest ag plane, is test flown

1992

AT-502A test flown

1993

1,100th Air Tractor delivered

1995

AT-602 test flown

1996

Ground breaking for new 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Olney, TX
1,400th Air Tractor rolls off assembly line
AT-402A test flown

1997

2,000th Snow-designed, Olney-built aircraft delivered
AT-401B certified for 7,000 pounds gross weight
Opened plant #2: 57,000 sq. ft. of additional space
110 aircraft manufactured in 1997

1998

Celebration of 40 years in Olney, Texas
1,700th Air Tractor rolls off assembly line
Dropped boom introduced for all models

2000

1,800th Air Tractor, an AT-502B, is delivered to Longwood Flying Service, Mississippi
First AT-602 delivered in Canada

2002

First of eight AT-802 aircraft purchased by U.S. State Department for South American coca crop eradication
Air Tractor honored by US Department of Commerce for Export Achievement

2003

First float-equipped AT-802F "Fire Boss" aircraft go to work in Spain and Canada

2004

2,000th Air Tractor, an AT-502B, is delivered to Blackstone Aerial Spraying, Nebraska

2005

200th AT-802 delivered to Conair Group, Inc., British Columbia
Air Tractor receives International Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from Council of Better Business Bureaus

2007

US Department of State takes delivery of 15th AT-802 for use in narcotic crop eradication in Colombia

2008

Croatia Ministry of Defense takes delivery of three Fire Boss aircraft
Four AT-402B’s delivered to XGAC in China
AT-504 two-seat trainer/spray aircraft introduced
AMSAFE cockpit airbag system is introduced as standard equipment in all Air Tractor aircraft
300th AT-802 delivered to Dunn Aviation, Western Australia
50-year anniversary, Leland Snow establishes Snow Aviation in Olney, Texas

2009

AT-1002A makes first test flight
AT-802U gunship makes first test flight and debut at Paris Air Show
FRDS Generation II fire gate introduced
Opened Plant #2A for an additional 57,000 s.f. of manufacturing space

2010

2,500th Air Tractor, an AT-402B, delivered to Diego Preuss in Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil

2011

Leland Snow passes away
Jim Hirsch named President of Air Tractor
400th AT-802 delivered to Jeff Dungan, Connersville Indiana

2012

2,800th Air Tractor, an AT-502B, delivered to AWAER Aviação Agrícola Ltda. in Campo Verde, Brazil.

2013

AT-802 number 500 is delivered to its new owner, Drew Spidahl of Ag-Tech Air LLC, of Lena Illinois.

Agropecuaria Maggi Ltda., of Sapezal, Brazil takes delivery of Air Tractor #3000, an AT-502B, at a special milestone event held at Air Tractor.

2014

Air Tractor marks 40 years of continuous production.