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The sign accompanying the B-25. It reads

North American B-25J

Named in honor of Brig. Gen. "Billy" Mitchell, the B-25 was the most widely used medium bomber of the Second World War. Ordered "off the drawing board" in August 1939, the first aircraft flew one year later and entered service with the 17th Bomb Group in the summer of 1941. During WWII, the B-25 saw action on every front with U.S. forces. Its most famous action occurred on April 18, 1942 when Lt. Col. James Doolittle led a force of 16 B-25 from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet to attack Tokyo.

The B-25 was modified for a number of different missions including bombing, photo reconnaissance, trainer, torpedo-bomber, and ground attack missions. The B-25G and H models were equipped with a 75-mm cannon and up to 18 .50-caliber machine guns, making them among the most formidable attack bombers of WWII. After the war, the U.S. Air Force used B-25s as staff transports and trainers, the last being retired in May 1960.

The B-25J on display was one of the last 50 built by North American at is Kansas City plant. Delivered to the Army Air Force in April 1945, it was used as a staff transport and radar trainer until it was sold as surplus in 1958. The Museum of Aviation obtained the aircraft in 1987 from Aero Nostalgia in Chino, California. It is in the markings of the "Little King;" a B-25 assigned to the 310th Bomb Group, 12th Air Force, based at Ghisnaccia, Corsica. The "Little King" flew 121 combat missions over Italy, southern France, Austria, and Yugoslavia, as well as anti-shipping patrols over the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas before returning to the U.S. in June 1945.

Wing Span: 67 feet, 7 inches
Length: 52 feet, 11 inches
Height: 16 feet, 4 inches
Weight: 35,000 lbs gross
Armament: Twelve .50-caliber machine guns, eight 5-inch rockets under the wings, and a bomb load of 3,000 lbs.
Engines: Two Wright R-2600-92s of 1700 hp each
Crew: Five
Maximum speed: 272 mph
Cruising speed: 230 mph
Range: 1,350 miles
Service ceiling: 24,200 feet

Time picture taken Sun Jun 21 13:11:46 2009
Location picture taken WWII Hangar (Hangar 3)
Museum of Aviation
Warner Robins, Georgia
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