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The sign accompanying the B-25. It reads

TB-25N Mitchell

s/n 44-30635

In 1939, North American began designing the B-25 Mitchell, named after aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell. Intended as a medium bomber, the B-25 saw service in every theatre of World War II. The aircraft served with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Air Corps, and several Allied air forces in many models and configurations. Most notably, the B-25B conducted the "Doolittle Raid" against Japan. The B-25 served not only as a conventional bomber, but also as a low altitude bomber, skip bomber, ground and shipping strafer, reconnaissance platform, multi-engine pilot trainer, proficiency trainer, and VIP transport. In civilian hands, the B-25 has served as a transport and fire bomber.


Average Cost: $95,000 each
Crew: 2-3 (w/ 7 passengers)
Wing Span: 67 ft. 6.7 in.
Length: 53 ft. 5.75 in.
Height: 16 ft. 4.2 in.
Wing Area: 610 sq. ft.
Weight Empty: 20,000 lbs.
Max T/O Weight: 41,800 lbs.
Max Speed: 275 mph
Normal Cruise: 230 mph
Service Ceiling: 24,000 ft.
Max Range: 2,700 mi.
Normal Range: 1,200 mi.
Engines: 2 - Wright R-2600-29A, 1,700 h.p. each
Fuel: 2,164 gal. max.
     974 gal. normal internal
     1,190 gal. optional auxiliary tanks
Weapons: none

The History of TB-25N, s/n 44-30625

Manufactured by North American Aviation, Kansas City, KS as B-25J.

1945, 7 February -- Delivered to the USAAF.
1945, February -- To Moody AAF, GA.
1945, April -- To 2109th AAF Base Unit (Advanced Two-Engine Pilot School, AAF Flying Training Command), Turner AAF, Albany, GA.
1945, July -- To 2143rd AAF Base Unit (Basic/Advanced Pilot School, AAFFTC), Tuskegee AAF, AL.
1946, January -- To 3706th AAF Base Unit (Basic Training Center, Air Training Command), Sheppard AAF, TX.
1946, August -- To 3502nd AAF Base Unit (Technical School, ATC), Chanute AAF, IL.
1948, August -- To 3345th Technical Training Wing (ATC), Chanute AFB, IL.
1954, December -- To Birmingham Modification Center, AL for conversion to TB-25N.
1955, February -- Return to 3345th Technical Training Wing (ATC), Chanute AFB.
1958, August -- Dropped from inventory by transfer to museum status.

This Aircraft is on Loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Sign by B-25 at Chanute Air Museum
Time picture taken Tue Sep 22 13:55:08 2015
Location picture taken Exhibit Hangars
Chanute Air Museum
Rantoul, Illinois
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