B-25J Mitchell

Manufacturer: North American
Designation: B-25
Version: J
Nickname: Mitchell
Equivalent to: PBJ-1J
Type: Bomber
First Flew: / /
Specifications
Length: 52'11" 16.13 M
Height: 16' 4" 4.98 M
Wingspan: 67' 7" 20.60 M
Wingarea: 610.00 Sq Ft 56.67 Sq M
Empty Weight: 19480.0 lbs 8834.00 Kg
Gross Weight: 35000.0 lbs 15873.0 Kg
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Wright R-2600-92 Cyclone
Horsepower (each): 1700
Performance
Range: 1350 miles 2173.00 Km
Max Speed: 272.00 Mph 438.00 Km/H 236.76 Kt
Ceiling: 24200.0 Ft 7375.80 M

 

This extremely versatile medium bomber was built by North American Aviation
at their Kansas City, KS, plant. This aircraft is named in honor of Brig. Gen.
William "Billy" Mitchell, who pioneered the concept of strategic aerial
bombardment.

In April of 1942, Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, later Lt. General, led
one of the most daring missions of the war flying the B-25. Only five months
after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. Doolittle led 16 B-25
"Mitchell" bombers off the deck of the U. S. S. Hornet. The B-25s bombed Tokyo,
Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagoya. Lt. Col. Doolittle's "Tokyo Raiders" were successful
in their mission.

The B-25 also served with distinction in North Africa, Italy, Europe, and the
South Pacific.

The museum's B-25J, serial number 44-31032, was delivered to the Army Air
Force in 1945 and put into storage until 1947.  It was assigned to Vance AFB as
a TB-25J and TB-25N for pilot training until retirement in 1958.  The aircraft
was then sold and registered as N3174AG.  It participated in the 1970 Paramount
Pictures release, "Catch - 22" and  44-31032 appeared in the film with the nose
art of  "Free, Fast and Ready".

The museum received the aircraft by truck in 1982. It was restored in 1998,
wearing colors of the 42nd Bomb Group, 13th Air Force, and named "Problem
Child". This aircraft is on loan from the USAF.

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According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell
AFB, AL, the museum's B-25J has the following history:

B-25J, s/n 44-31032

Manufactured by North American Aviation, Kansas City KS and delivered to the
USAAF on 29 Mar 1945.

Mar 1945  - To 4168th AAF Base Unit (Air Technical Service Command), South
Plains AAF TX (storage)

Jul 1947  - To 4141st AF Base Unit (Air Materiel Command), Pyote AFB TX
(storage)

Nov 1948  - To 3575th Pilot Training Wing (Air Training Command), Enid, later
Vance, AFB OK (to TB-25J)

Mar 1951   - To 3700th Military Training Wing (ATC), Lackland AFB TX

Apr 1951  - To 3535th Military Training Wing (ATC), Mather AFB CA

Sep 1952  - To 3575th Pilot Training Wing (ATC), Vance AFB

Sun 1954  - To TB-25N

Sep 1957 -  To Arizona Aircraft Storage Branch (AMC), Davis-Monthan AFB AZ

Apr 1958  -   Dropped from inventory as surplus