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North American NA-108 Mitchell (B-25J)

The B-25 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 TB-25 was used for multi engine basic training.

Service History

  • Delivered: July 5, 1945
  • July 1945 - AAF 3036 ATC Yuma, AZ
  • 11/45 2008 ATC Minter, CA
  • 1/46 2622 ATC Mather, CA.
  • 1946 modified to TB-25
  • Aug 1948 -3535th Bombardier Training Group, Mather, CA
  • June 1950 - 3535th BTW, Mather, CA
  • Dec 1953 - 3535th Observer Wing ATC
  • Dec 1957 - Storage Davis Monthan AFB
  • Stricken: June 1958

MFG: North American

First Produced: 1940

Powerplant: (2) Wright R-2600-92

Horsepower: 1,700 each

Prop: Hamilton Std

Service Ceiling: 24,200 ft

Cruise: 230 mph

Top Speed: 293 mph

Range: 1,350 miles

Empty Weight: 19,480 lbs

Gross Weight: 35,000 lbs

Wing Span: 67’7”

Wing Area: 577 sq. ft

Length: 53’6”

Height: 16’4”

Armament: (13-18) .50 cal machine guns, (8) 127 mm rockets, up to 4,000 lbs of bombs

Number Built: 10,695 total

4,390 J Models

Acquired by Yanks in 1999, from the Australian War Memorial Museum.