Wartime Mission: The B-25J Mitchell was named after General Billy Mitchell, a famous Army Air Corps general of the 1920s and 1930s. It proved to be one of the best weapons and was possibly the most versatile aircraft of WWII. Heavily armed, it was utilized for high- and low-level bombing, strafing, photo-reconnaissance, submarine patrol, and a fighter. Its most distinguishing role was in the historic raid over Tokyo in 1942 by the Doolittle Raiders. The B-25J saw duty in every combat area flown by the Dutch, British, Chinese, Russian, Australian, and US forces. By 1947 there were only a few hundred B-25s remaining that performed a variety of training, reconnaissance, and support roles. Civilian use also included utility, transport, and agriculture duties.
B-25J Mitchell – “Show Me”
- First flight: Aug. 19, 1940
- Span: 67 feet 6.7 inches
- Wing area: 610 square feet
- Length: 53 feet
- Weight: Empty, 21,120 pounds
- Power plant: Two 1,700-hp Wright Cyclone supercharged 14-cylinder radial engines
- Speed: 239 knots (275 mph)
- Crew: 6
- Range: In excess of 3,000 miles
- Purchase a ticket to take a ride in the B25 after the Air Show on Saturday, September 10th. Cost is $425. Sign up and pay at the Air Show. Space is limited on the number of rides given.