|The B-25 medium bomber was
one of America's most famous airplanes of WW II. It was the type used by
General Doolittle for the Tokyo Raid on April 18, 1942. Subsequently, it
saw duty in every combat area being flown by the Dutch, British, Chinese,
Russians and Australians in addition to our own U.S. forces. Although the
airplane was originally intended for level bombing from medium altitudes,
it was used extensively in the Pacific area for bombing Japanese airfields
from treetop level and for strafing and skip bombing enemy shipping.
More than 9,800 B-25s were
built during WW II.
Span: 67 ft. 7 in.
Length: 52 ft. 11 in.
Height: 15 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 28,460 lbs. loaded
Armament: Five .50-cal.
machine guns; 5,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: Two Wright R-2600s
of 1,700 hp. ea.
Tail Number: 44-86843
Maximum speed: 275 mph.
Cruising speed: 230 mph.
Range: 1,200 miles
Service Ceiling: 25,000
The B-25 was nicknamed after
General Billy Mitchell. It was first flown in 1940 and became the first
plane to see action in all theaters of fighting in WWII. Our plane was
used in the movie, "Catch 22." The B-25 was the first plane to carry a
75mm cannon and the first plane to sink an enemy submarine. Forty-eight
B-25ís still fly today, with a total of 139 surviving.