Build A Better Airplane.
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.
Air Tractor Is Employee Owned
On July 1, 2008 Air Tractor, Inc. became an employee-owned company with the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) Plan.
The ESOP is a tax-deferred retirement plan, similar to a 401(k) plan, except that it is funded solely by the company, not the employees.
Leland Snow, wife Nancy and daughters Kristin and Kara had the interests of the company and its employees in mind when they signed the papers to establish an ESOP for Air Tractor.