The North American B-25J Mitchell test results were impressive, after only two weeks of evaluation, it was ordered into production. The first production model flew at Inglewood, CA. On August 19, 1940. The B-25 was named after William “Billy” Mitchell, an advocate of air power and aircraft bombardment.
The twin engine, twin tailed, tricycle landing gear, monoplane was available in several variations. This J model has the conventional bombardier nose (greenhouse type) and gull wing. This was the last production model B-25. Also used by the Navy as the PBJ-1J, often carrying depth charges instead of bombs. April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25’s left the USS Hornet with Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and 79 Tokyo Raiders to strike back against Japan.
The RB-25 (R for restricted, later VB-25, V for VIP) was created for use as a VIP transport. In 1943-44 Gen. “Hap” Arnold and Gen. Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower received RB-25’s. After WWII the RB-25 was used in the business world, one was even purchased by Howard Hughes.
This North American B-25J Mitchell was used for multi engine basic training.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|Own||United States||Legends Hangar|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
|Steel||World War II
1939 – 1945
|MFG: North American Aviation
First Produced: 1940
Number Built: 10,695 total, 4,390 J Models
Armament: (13-18) .50 caliber machine guns, (8) 127 mm rockets, up to 4,000 lbs of bombsAcquired by Yanks in 1999 from the Australian War Memorial Museum.
|Wingspan: 67 ft 7 in
Wing Area: 577 sq ft
Length: 53 ft 6 in
Height: 16 ft 4 in
Empty Weight: 19,480 lbs
Gross Weight: 35,000 lbs
Powerplant: (2) Wright R-2600-92
Cruise Speed: 230 mph
Maximum Speed: 293 mph
Range: 1,350 miles
|Delivered: July 5, 1945