MITCHELL
MITCHELL

Manufacturer

NORTH AMERICAN

Markings:

Restored to typical USAAF markings ca. 1944. Named "Spirit of Al Penn" in honor of a long-time PASM volunteer who was killed in a traffic accident while on his way to the museum.

Designation:

B-25J

Serial Number:

43-27712

NORTH AMERICAN B-25J MITCHELL

The B-25 is perhaps the most successful American medium bomber of World War II. It served in every theater of the war, with all branches of the U.S. military and with several allied air forces. It is most famous as the type of aircraft flown by the Doolittle Raiders from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in early 1942. B-25s served as both traditional bombers and as gunships with large numbers of machine guns, and in one version a 75mm cannon in the nose. The B-25J returned to the standard "glass" nose for use as a bomber. However, many were converted to a "solid" gunship nose and used for very low level attacks. The Mitchell continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force until as late as 1960 as staff transports and trainers.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 67 ft 7 in
  • Length: 52 ft 11 in
  • Height: 16 ft 4 in
  • Weight: 35,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 272 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 24,200 ft
  • Range: 1,350 miles
  • Engines: 2 Wright R-2600-92 radials, 1,700 hp each
  • Crew: 4-6